MVP 2 opens with the lovable Jack being ousted from his hockey team, the Seattle Simians, and having to hit the road after being falsely accused of league misconduct. Jack ends up in the ... See full summary »
A drug sniffing agent canine is a target for an assassin boss so the FBI calls Witness Protection to send him somewhere else. Meanwhile a single Mom puts her 6 year old boy James in the care of her irresponsible, mailman, neighbor, Gordon, when the babysitter bails on her. Meanwhile, an assassin mob boss hires 2 goons to kill Agent 11. But when 11 escapes from the van when they tried to kill him, he hides in Gordon's Mailtruck that James is in too. And guess what they name him. Spot. Written by
I actually thought the movie was pretty good. But first let me emphasize,
that it really helps if you come to this film with no other preconceived
notion other than that it is intended as a rather light, perhaps kid- or
family-oriented sort of entertainment. It never set out to be a "Schindler's
List" or a "Gone With the Wind". But it still delivers some quality
I thought the film had some quality film-making behind it. The
cinematography was just fine, the setting was beautiful (filmed in and
around beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia - a city I've been lucky enough
to visit more than once in my life), and the actors were all (to me, anyway)
quite likable and enjoyable in their roles.
David Arquette, whom you wouldn't ordinarily consider a comic, in fact does
surprisingly well with the physical and often-times slapstick humor in the
film. Michael Clark Duncan is really the sympathetic character here, playing
a HUGE (and highly muscular) FBI agent who has an almost over-the-top
attachment to the dog. The kid, played by Angus T. Jones, is really quite
adorable, in fact I was surprised at how winning a personality he has (I
don't always like child actors, sometimes they can be horrendous brats, but
this kid was truly exceptional). The kid's mom, Stephanie, played by Leslie
Bibb, was also quite charming (and always good to look at, even when she was
covered in mud). Anthony Anderson, whom many of you may remember as Jamaal
Baileygates (one of Jim Carrey's sons in "Me, Myself and Irene") was
extremely likable, and I was glad to see him in a role where he was not
required to resort to vulgar language like he did in "Me, Myself and
Other roles in the film were also very well played. And last but not least,
let's not forget the dog himself, who was at least as compelling as any or
all of the other members of the cast. How they trained the dog to do some of
those stunts that he did is way beyond me!
This movie will probably best be enjoyed by families with young kids, and
also by dog-lovers, as this film definitely made man's best friend look
really, really good (in spite of the fact that they had about a whole five
minute sequence devoted to the hilarious consequences of someone stepping in
dog-doo at precisely the wrong time...).
So if you want a thoroughly enjoyable light comedy with a dog theme, go rent
it: you won't be barking up the wrong tree, I guarantee
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