Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: A pleasant, sometimes very funny family comedy that younger kids should really enjoy.
DVD Features: Bone-tickling bloopers; Deleted scenes; Audio commentary with director Brian Robbins and producer David Hoberman (widescreen version only); Bark-along bone-us feature for your dog to enjoy
The Shaggy Dog
It all begins when workaholic Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas (Tim Allen) takes on a case involving an animal laboratory - one that will take him away yet again from his wife (Kristin Davis "Sex and the City") and his two kids: Carly (Zena Grey "In Good Company") and Josh (Spencer Breslin "The Santa Clause 2"). But everything Dave thought he knew about being himself and his family changes when he is accidentally infected with a top-secret, genetic-mutation serum. Suddenly he's transformed into the family pet and finds himself spending most of his time on the family carpet. With his new perspective Douglas realizes his sense of smell is not the only thing that has improved. He hears and see things as a sheepdog that he would never hear as a husband and father and he realizes he's got to change more than his fur coat to become a better person.
Directed by Brian Robbins, (producer of "Coach Carter"), the movie turns into a wild adventure that that manages to avoid many of the cliches usually found in this genre. There's also an outstanding supporting cast including Jane Curtin as a judge, Robert Downey Jr, Danny Glover and Shawn Pyfrom ("Desperate Housewives") as Carly's teenage boyfriend. Even better are the mutant creatures that appear including a snake with a dog's tail and a bulldog-headed frog that aid Allen in an elaborate laboratory escape.
This film should entertain most of the family, especially the younger kids.