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There is some mild language and lots of animal slapstick -- à la Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner -- that may be a little much for small children. But most kids will find the action fun and the animals hilarious.
Even at a Chihuahua-sized 83 minutes, the movie begins to feel funny in the same way that having the neighbor's dog attach himself to your leg is funny. You laugh while you're wishing you could pull yourself away.
Cat people and dog people of all ages will enjoy the tactics of this interspecies war, though the film makes the somewhat exaggerated assumption that cats are selfish and fascist and that dogs are selfless and humanist.
At its best, Cats and Dogs is a series of missed opportunities that represents adequate entertainment for the age 5-9 crowd. At its worst, this is another example of why so many PG-rated films fail at the box office.