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The Shaggy Dog (2006)



Critic Consensus: This Disney retread has neither inspiration nor originality, but may please moviegoers under the age of ten.

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An unexpected transformation helps a workaholic attorney learn that there's more to life than the courtroom in this remake of the 1959 Disney canine classic of the same name. Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas (Tim Allen) takes his job in the halls of justice very seriously -- so seriously in fact that his wife and family see considerably less of their frequently-absent husband and father than they would prefer. When a case involving an animal laboratory finds the distracted dad once again taking an extended leave of absence from his frustrated family, Douglas' luck takes a turn for the worst after he is inadvertently infected by a top-secret genetic-mutation serum that transforms the two-legged lawyer into a four-legged sheepdog. Though his current situation has its drawbacks to be sure, the fly-on-the-wall perspective afforded to Douglas in his newfound state alerts the well-intending father and husband that all is not well on the home front. Moved by the unfulfilled needs of his neglected family and determined to become a better father if he can only shed his winter coat, Douglas' unique new vantage point could offer just the motivation needed to bring the nefarious forces behind the serum to justice and win back his wife and kids once and for all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Tim Allen
as Dave Douglas
Kristin Davis
as Rebecca Douglas
Zena Grey
as Carly Douglas
Danny Glover
as Ken Hollister
Spencer Breslin
as Josh Douglas
Jane Curtin
as Judge Claire Whittaker
Philip Baker Hall
as Lance Strictland
Joshua Leonard
as Justin Forrester
Bess Wohl
as Dr. Gwen Lichtman
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Justin Forrester's Attorney
Joel David Moore
as Pound Employee
Phaedra Nielson
as Co-Worker
Eric Winzenried
as Animal Control Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Shaggy Dog

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (39)

Man becomes mutt in this inoffensive, uneven comedy that fails to make the most of its comic potential or familiar cast.

March 31, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

A flea-bitten farrago which bears only a fleeting resemblance to the 1959 film that inspired it.

March 28, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are precious few surprises here, but parents will find director Robbins' breezy remake a painless affair and, judging by the yowls of laughter from the peanut gallery at the screening I attended, the kids will be barking all the way home.

March 18, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

We've seen it a million times.

March 16, 2006

Disney's tried-and-true slapstick material (est. 1959) is here given a heinously unimaginative interpretation by five screenwriters and a director who manages to squander the gifts of an absurdly overqualified supporting cast.

March 10, 2006

The unruly pack of subplots make The Shaggy Dog much more convoluted than it needs to be.

March 10, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Shaggy Dog

Robert Downey Jr. was good in this.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

A pretty stupid movie, Tim Allen disappoints me.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Not that great, a good family film at best.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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