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Parents' Guide to

Karate Dog

By KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Too rough for any kid who'd find this dog funny.

Movie PG 2006 84 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+
While Chevy Chase is a well respected comedian, this film is not his very best at comedy!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

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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