The Shaggy Dog
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It's basically...Look Who's Talking with a dog. Still it's mildly funny and entertaining and not a bad movie for the whole family. That is if won't be distrubed by a dog with a frog's body or a snake with a dog tail, or monkey that barks. The villian played by Robert Downey jr. fools around with genetics since the shaggy dog that bit Allen lived for years and years. So he's trying to discover the fountain of youth through the dog. Downey jr. is an under-rated actor that always adds some fun to no matter what movie he is in. I disagree with Ebert & Roeper who basically said he was the best thing about the movie though. I think Allen is kinda better here. He deserves better but I don't think anyone else could've been as good for the role. At this point though he's probably gonna be stuck in remake after remake like Steve Martin is.
The story revolves around deputy D.A. Dave Douglas, who's prosecuting a school teacher for a local genetics lab whenever the teacher is accused of trying to burn the lab down. The lab's second-in-command (a very funny Robert Downey, Jr.) is determined to get the teacher put away so that he can continue his "ethical" experiments. Dave's daughter, Carly (Zena Gray), supports the teacher and tries to prove that the lab is doing cruel tests on animals. While all of this is going on, Dave is trying to keep his family together. His daughter dislikes him for his work for the lab. His son, Josh (Spenser Breslin) tries to impress him by playing football, despite the fact that he'd rather try out for the school's performance of "Grease." His wife, the lovely Kristin Davis, feels ignored and unloved due to Dave's focusing too much on his work. Matters literally get hairier when Dave is bitten by one of the lab's animals, which happens to be a three hundred-year old sheepdog.Read more ›
Tim Allen plays a deputy D. A. prosecuting an animal rights activist accused of torching a laboratory in which cruel experiments were allegedly performed on animals. What Allen's character doesn't realize is that a villainous scientist, played by the always brilliant Robert Downey Jr. who has appeared in such films as "The Singing Detective", has kidnapped an eternally youthful and extremely shaggy dog and is performing particularly inhumane experiments on it. The dog escapes and bites the deputy D. A., causing him to periodically and temporarily morph into a shaggy dog, in turn allowing him to get closer to cracking the case and get closer to his family: his son (Spencer Breslin, who has already worked with Tim Allen in "The Santa Clause 2"), his kinda cute daughter (Zena Grey), and his definitely hot wife (Kristen Davis).
There are two levels of humor in this movie. Young children will love Tim Allen's goofy physical humor. Older audiences should appreciate the more subtle tricks Tim Allen uses to make his human character seem increasingly dog-like. There are also some nifty computer generated effects, including a series of intriguing mutant animals.Read more ›
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Sounded entertaining, but it's a little childish for my taste. Keeping it for the grandkids.Published 6 days ago by Paul A. DeLong
We got it earlier than estimated date & it plays good too! Thank you very much & have a nice day! 😆 ☺ 😎Published 1 month ago by Mai P. Pham
too funny...neat to see a young 'iron man' and danny glover. My dog even enjoyed the offbeat animals on the screen. Good family film.Published 5 months ago by Cathy
Watched this movie with grandchildren ages 5 and 2. We all loved it. It is a great family movie. This newer version of original was great for young generation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jan Bollinger