The Shaggy Dog
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We've seen it a million times."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A surprisingly touching family comedy with real emotion."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"...better than one might've expected, primarily due to the enthusiasm with which Allen tackles his role..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Five writers (Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Geoff Rodkey, Jack Amiel and Michael Begler) threw everything they could think of against the wall, hoping some of it would stick, but nothing did."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"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."
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"This is a classic family fun fare, likely destined for sequelhood."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"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."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It's an underestimation of the intelligence of your average eight year old to believe his or her rapt attention can be held for long by a film like this."
‑ Rubin Safaya,
"The unruly pack of subplots make The Shaggy Dog much more convoluted than it needs to be."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"Director Brian Robbins keeps the special effects and animatronics to a minimum, relying more often than not on real (albeit trained) dogs. That extra bit of authenticity is refreshing."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A good-natured, sometimes silly family fun that will play especially well with the under-13 set."
‑ Carolyn Arends, Christianity Today
"The film just translates the basic idea for a new generation under the ill-conceived notion that it was necessary."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Man becomes mutt in this inoffensive, uneven comedy that fails to make the most of its comic potential or familiar cast."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
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