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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The hero and his girl are portrayed as the only hard-working cops on the force, with the rest lazy creeps who kowtow to anyone with money.
Violence & Scariness
A murder, a rough dog-catching scene, and far less karate than you'd expect. Karate scenes including Karate Dog look more like a video game than anything else, but are still violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild innuendo, mostly among talking dogs.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The bad guy is taking a "formula" that makes him younger, stronger, faster ... and crazier.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this TV movie has a few scenes of actual, people-on-people violence, including the beginning, when Karate Dog's master is killed by masked assassins, and one scene in which Karate Dog is wrestled away to the pound by a gratuitous animal control officer. When Karate Dog is fighting, the scenes look more like a video game than anything else and are less frightening -- but no less violent. There's also mild sexual innuendo, mostly among the dogs, of a sort that might be difficult to explain to young kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is The Karate Kid meets Turner and Hooch, with a dash of James Bond -- and it doesn't even come close to any of them. Action scenes lifted from Mission: Impossible, The Matrix, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are shoehorned into the plot, which otherwise resembles nothing so much as an old Charlie's Angels episode. Any kid old enough to have seen the films and get the joke is too old to appreciate it.
Karate Dog switches from one genre to the next with lightning speed and a blatant disregard for its limp storyline. The talents of Chevy Chase and John Voight are wasted. Do yourself a favor and don't invest your family's movie time in Karate Dog.
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