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Shaggy Dog (2006)

Shaggy Dog
Tim Allen, Robert Downey, Jr., Kristin Davis, Danny Glover and Jane Curtin

Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: March 10, 2006 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

Tim Allen stars as Assistant D.A. Dave Douglas in this remake of Walt Disney's popular 1959 comedy about a man who turns into a dog because of some screwy experiment gone wrong.

While prosecuting a case of arson at a huge laboratory by a teacher protesting testing on animals, Douglas gets bitten by a shaggy dog that his Daughter saved from the lab.

The dog turns out to be a 700 year old creature from Tibet that a bad guy scientist (Robert Downey, Jr.) is trying to deterime the secret of long life through genetic experiments. He expects to bottle the formula and make millions.

Douglas wakes up the next day exhibiting canine traits. He picks up high pitched sounds that no one else can hear, he buries his face deep into his cereal and laps it up. He even licks Kristin Davis' face - she plays his wife. All of that before leaving for court but not before stopping to run down the neighbor's cat.

Once in the courtroom, his boss the District Attorney (Danny Glover) can't understand the strange behavior and the exasperated Judge (Jane Curtin) has had enough of Douglas' antics when he begins to growl uncontrollably while questioning his witness.

The supporting cast are all talented, but they take a back-seat to Allen, who dominates the film with his dog routines. He's very funny in the role and I found myself laughing out loud at the sheer silliness of it all.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Shaggy Dog (2006) B B C+         B

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