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Shaggy Dog, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Lame reworking of the 1959 Disney comedy, incorporating elements of its 1976 follow-up, about a workaholic Los Angeles deputy district attorney (Tim Allen) who, while trying a case involving a sinister scientist (Robert Downey Jr.), is bitten by a mutt and soon finds himself turning into one, leading to nutty canine complications with his neglected wife (Kristin Davis) and two teenage children. Directed by Brian Robbins; even Allen's comic dexterity can't make this dog of a film hunt, resulting in slapstick silliness that is strictly for the pups. Some mildly crude humor and comic violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.



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