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
Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By: Brian Robbins
Written By: Cormac Wibberley , Marianne Wibberley , Geoff Rodkey , Jack Amiel , Michael Begler
In Theaters: wide
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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 (102) | Top Critics (34)

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

We've seen it a million times.

Full Review… | March 15, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 10, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The Shaggy Dog may not make you howl, but it does offer a few bona fide belly laughs, which is more than the last few Tim Allen movies could boast.

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Shaggy Dog

Robert Downey Jr. was good in this.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

A pretty stupid movie, Tim Allen disappoints me.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Not that great, a good family film at best.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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