The Shaggy Dog (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Shaggy Dog (2006)



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

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Geoff Rodkey, Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 1, 2006
Box Office: $61.0M
Buena Vista - Official Site


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 Whittak...
Philip Baker Hall
as Lance Strictland
Joshua Leonard
as Justin Forrester
Bess Wohl
as Dr. Gwen Lichtman
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Justin Forrester's A...
Joel David Moore
as Pound Employee
Phaedra Nielson
as Co-Worker
Eric Winzenried
as Animal Control Offic...
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Critic Reviews for The Shaggy Dog

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (34)

We've seen it a million times.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A surprisingly touching family comedy with real emotion.

Full Review… | February 6, 2007
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

A good-natured, sometimes silly family fun that will play especially well with the under-13 set.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

...better than one might've expected, primarily due to the enthusiasm with which Allen tackles his role...

Full Review… | August 19, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

At least Fred MacMurray had the good sense to let the co-star playing his son turn into a dog. But this is a Tim Allen picture, so he does the honors himself.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Movie Metropolis

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

Super Reviewer

Not that great, a good family film at best.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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