The Shaggy Dog (2006)
By Susan Granger,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Silly remake will entertain grade schoolers.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Bad behavior is met with consequences.
Positive Role Models
Dave begins the film with his priorities out of whack, but with the intervention of a little animal chaos, straightens him right out, and reminds him what is really important in his life.
Violence & Scariness
Cattle prod, injections used to threaten animals. Mild peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity is implied but not shown as Tim Allen changes back and forth into a canine.
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Words such as butt and pee.
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Products & Purchases
Numerous Kellogg's product placements (Pop Tarts, Special K, Rice Krispies) and Coca-Cola products (Coke, Diet Coke, Minute Maid).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that because this story involves animals, there's a lot of butt-sniffing and slapstick jokes. While no animals are harmed, an injection with a large needle and cattle prod are used to threaten them and -- since he's a dog --Tim Allen. Allen inadvertently appears nude in front of the courthouse (although no nudity is shown) and mutters, "Everyone's gonna need therapy after this."
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What's the Story?
In this latest version of the Disney fantasy-adventure, ambitious Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas (Tim Allen) is so ambitious that he often ignores his lovely wife (Kristin Davis), their idealistic teenage daughter (Zena Grey) and conflicted son (Spencer Breslin). He's tackling a complicated legal case involving animal testing run by evil Dr. Marcus Kozak (Robert Downey Jr.) when he's accidentally infected with an experimental gene-mutation serum by a stray sheepdog. His weird affliction first manifests itself with growling and barking in the courtroom, but soon he's sniffing, scratching, licking and romping around, transformed into a replica of the sheepdog. Confused and no longer able to communicate in human language, he befriends a motley menagerie, including a chimp, rats, rabbits, and a cobra and, in doing so, gets his priorities straight.
Is It Any Good?
Tim Allen wreaks hilarious havoc with an uncanny canine-like performance; there's lots here to entertain kids, who will be amused by all the silliness. Writers Cormac & Marianne Wibberley, Geoff Rodkey and Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, working with director Brian Robbins, have the added advantage of advanced computer technology to enhance the outrageous episodes and slapstick comedy.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what it would be like to live, albeit briefly, as someone or something else. If your kids could transform into anything, what would they pick and why?
For the more adventurous, you might ask what your kids think about cruelty in animal testing, which the teenage daughter is actively protesting. Are there ever circumstances when it's necessary to test on animals?
- In theaters: March 10, 2006
- On DVD or streaming: August 1, 2006
- Cast: Kristin Davis, Robert Downey Jr., Spencer Breslin, Tim Allen
- Director: Brian Robbins
- Studio: Buena Vista
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: for some mild rude humor
- Last updated: December 10, 2022
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