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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

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Goofy animal adventure is full of first-grade humor.
  • Review Date: July 29, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 82 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The way the cats and dogs put aside their hostility to work together is a good lesson for children.

Positive messages

The movie's main message is that if you look beyond the label "enemy," you could find a friend, a partner, a person who can help you. That's what the cats and dogs do, and they manage to defeat an evil cat in the process.

Positive role models

Diggs is impetuous, but he always means well in the end. Catherine overcomes her fear of water to help get her and Diggs out of a dangerous situation. Butch realizes he was wrong to dump Diggs as a partner.

Violence & scariness

Kitty Galore is an evil mastermind who plans to destroy all dogs in her plan for world domination. She almost succeeds in having Diggs and Catherine killed. There's an explosion and a couple of near disasters, but there are more threats of violence than actual violent scenes. There are also several scenes in which animals do stunts and escape from scrapes a la James Bond.

Sexy stuff

Diggs flirts with female dogs (Afghans) -- i.e. "Helloooo, ladies!" Another character is taunted with "who's your daddy?"

Language

Some uses of "butt," "crazy," "stupid," and the like.

Consumerism

Several brands are mentioned or shown, including iMac, Petco, HBO, Google, and Dr. Phil.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's an extended gag about cats who've consumed too much catnip (think "pothead" stereotypes/jokes with cats); Mr. Tinkles is shown having a tropical drink on a beach.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action-comedy sequel includes a good bit of goofy cat-and-dog humor and physical comedy that's OK for elementary schoolers but may not be age-appropriate for preschoolers. Overall, most of the jokes and sight gags are rather tame, although there are quite a few product placements, some use of language like "butt" and "stupid," and a long pet prison sequence that features a cat that sounds and acts like Hannibal Lecter. Of course, most children won't understand the reference, but Mr. Tinkles is still one creepy cat. Note: Since 3-D technology intensifies scenes, it's possible that young kids unfamiliar with the format may be jumpy during the action sequences.

What's the story?

In this not-exactly-long-awaited sequel to 2001's Cats & Dogs, the nefarious cat Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler) masterminds a plan to make the entire canine population of the world go mad so that she and her feline followers can enslave humans. It's an ambitious scheme, especially since an elite, top-secret organization of dogs, DOGS -- led by distinguished beagle Lou (Neil Patrick Harris) -- is out to stop her. Australian Shepherd Butch (Nick Nolte), a veteran investigator, is tapped to break in rookie partner Diggs (James Marsden), who's recruited after being let go from the San Francisco Police Department's K-9 unit. When the DOGS agents realize that catching Kitty requires some insider knowledge, they team up with their mortal enemies -- Catherine (Christina Applegate) and other agents in the MEOWS squad -- to bring down the crazy cat.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

In this day of ubiquitous, unnecessary 3-D films, CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE is yet another example of why there's no need to make every kid-marketed film come with a $4 surcharge and oversized glasses. Although there are a few laughs in the movie, there's also a whole lot of eye-rolling for parents. What works best in the plot is the buddy-cop angle with Nolte and Marsden's canines. There's an obvious 48 Hours/Lethal Weapon vibe between the two dogs -- one is a wise veteran and the other an immature hotheaded newbie -- and the rapport feels genuine (albeit ridiculously familiar). And the dog and cat agent headquarters are amusing, but the overlong gags about a cat lady's brood that's "high" on catnip and the Hannibal Lecter-esque Mr. Tinkles get old alarmingly fast.

Midler is evilly delicious as the megalomaniacal Kitty Galore, although it's a bit disappointing that she didn't contribute anything to the soundtrack, which does feature a fantastically campy rendition of "Get the Party Started" by Shirley Bassey. Kids who have yet to outgrow the allure of every single talking-animal comedy will enjoy the silly jokes, but grown-ups may find the CGI and the animal lip movements a tad off-putting after a while -- not to mention the stale one-liners.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's important that the cats and dogs get over their differences to work together. Can you think of a similar real-life situation? Is it dangerous to make assumptions about people?

  • Who do the movie's jokes appeal to most? Do you think kids get all the pop culture references? Are they funny for adults?

  • Some people love talking-animal movies, and other people hate them. What do you think?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 30, 2010
DVD release date:November 16, 2010
Cast:Bette Midler, Chris O'Donnell, James Marsden, Nick Nolte
Director:Brad Peyton
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:82 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:animal action and humor

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Teen, 17 years old Written byPeppersReviews April 27, 2012

C+

Cute,but nothing too different to the first film.
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Kid, 11 years old May 12, 2011

Kids movie? Give me a break!!!

I saw this movie and it was horrible! I cannot believe I wasted tons of money to see this crap in theaters! Just kill me now, This movie sucks!!!
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Kid, 10 years old March 28, 2011

BORING!!!

IT WAS HORRIBLE!!!!!! I HATED IT!!!!! WORST MOVIE I HAVE SEEN IN A WHILE!!!!!!!!!!
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