A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's treatment of women as eye-candy and housewives may lead to important discussions. Also, some stereotypes about Eastern Europeans.
Violence & Scariness
Casual use of shotgun to drive away dog. The dog wasn't hurt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that even kids who balk at black-and-white movies and hokey special effects will find lots of laughs in this well-behaved and housebroken comedy. It's occasionally too slow for 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds, but they'll laugh at the dog's antics. Older kids can follow all the plot threads easily, and will giggle at the slapstick humor. Teens will enjoy if they give it a chance. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although the pace lags at times, THE SHAGGY DOG remains entertaining. Fine performances by several of the Mouseketeers and Fred McMurray as a dog-phobic father will charm school-age kids and their nostalgic parents. The movie offers a fascinating peek at how 1950s Americans saw the world.
Eleven- and 7-year-old viewers were almost equally amused by The Shaggy Dog, though both grew restless at times as the many plot-wheels gradually meshed. But Wilby's antics as Chiffon, the "Bratislavian Sheepdog," will genuinely entertain young viewers. Parents can have little objection to this well-behaved, clean-cut feature.
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