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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sweet romantic comedy fantasy has some language, sex.

Movie NR 2017 96 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Cute, funny simple romantic comedy

I allowed my 11 year old boy and 13 year old girl watch. They loved it. I explained beforehand that there would be some adult humor. There was very little swearing. There was a scene with her changing in the bathroom but all you saw was her bra. When the dog changes there is a shot of his naked butt. There is some implied nudity with the cat. There is a scene with a prostitute. He is looking for a warm place to spend the night and she asks if he has money. Then you see him running out of the hotel room saying I don’t even know you. My son didn’t get it and just thought she liked him. The dog does hump a copy machine and a person in a bar. There is mention of sleeping together but the cat is fully clothed laying at top of bed. Also one girl asks other if they slept together yet and if she saw them naked. It was not embarrassing to watch with my kids and I would say depending on your child PG13/14 rating is about right. It’s a cute little romantic comedy that had us laughing. If you love dogs and cats you will enjoy this movie.

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The greatest charm of the frothy tale lies in its key performances. Chatwin as a scheming, sinuous cat who has been turned into a man, Howey as an eager, guileless dog also living in a man's body, and Micucci as the romantically wronged woman who loves them both are entertaining to watch. Writer-director Finn Taylor's biggest plot problem is juggling her fun interactions with the vivid, outsized personalities of the pets-come-to-human-life against Emma's growing friendship with the steady, less colorful Carl, who watches longingly from the sidelines as the hunky dog-man and the intriguing cat-man "woo" her. Somewhere in this one-joke story, we all know that Carl is the true-hearted guy who will love her (humanly) the way she deserves to be loved, just as we know that Emma deserves that kind of good guy.

But that longing can't compete in entertainment value with watching a human dog hump a lectern or a human cat lick milk from a one-serve container. So Unleashed's director Taylor has his fun giving us a cat-man in a designer suit licking his hands and then smearing the saliva around his face. Micucci's sparkle recalls spritely comic actresses of the past -- including the young Goldie Hawn, Imogen Coca, and Georgette Engel of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her resemblance to Illeana Douglas is uncanny, so it's a surprise when Douglas actually shows up in a small role as Emma's boss.

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