Cats & Dogs

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Plenty of heart and hijinks mixed with litter box humor.

PG 2001 87 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 10+

If Adam Sandler made animatronic movies he'd make this one. In a bad way.

Family movie night often involves films which as an adult you just have to go with, perhaps enjoying the odd moment, hopefully with something to talk about afterwards. But this movie offers nothing. It's just dreadful. Watch something else instead. Other reviewers have mentioned rude language and violence. I agree with these criticisms but the bigger problem is that the film lacks plot and characterisation and isn't actually funny. It's formulaic, based on old "evil villain"-type narratives, which kids won't get and didn't really work for us as adults either. Random ideas (ninja cats, underground tunnels to HQ) are thrown in for no good reason and without any sense that a premise is being developed. Characterisation - none, at all, except that parents were absent because of work, and the kid (not at school for some reason) was rude to his mum without adverse effects for either of them. Positive messages - er... to painful to list at this stage. I can't go on - anger is being replaced by defeat and despair. Please just watch something else.
age 12+

Meh animal comedy

Pets goes high tech in this comedy. It's innoncent enough, but some scenes are so out context as I give this a 12 and up. Just something for a boring saturday among the furry loving family.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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