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Agent Toby Barks

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Talking dog is a spy; comic action and cartoon threats.

Movie G 2020 85 minutes
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All the routine elements are in place: talking dog, likable kids, single dad, slapstick action, and idiotic buffoon villains who will stop at nothing to get rich; it just doesn't add up to much. Plus, Agent Toby Barks' boring, silly subplot about a fishing trip to win favor with the dad's boss stops the momentum in its would-be farcical tracks. However, there's a glimmer of something special in the character and performance of Casey Seymour Kim's "Auntie B." While all of the villains around her are hamming it up the way only amateurs with no direction can, Kim plays it straight -- with a wink -- and she's delightful to watch, much funnier than the clowns. If only the other actors and the director would've taken their cues from her.

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