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It's really more focused on David Arquette making an ass of himself and
being really cartoony and inappropriate.
We have a man who's balls get ripped off by the dog.
Yeah, that's suitable for a family movie.
We have David Arquette making fun of deaf people. Honestly!
(Puts head in hand)
We have him landing in dog poo.
(Still face of disappointment)
And we have the worst scene in the pet shop where he crashes into everything, gets wrapped up in bubble wrap, gets blown up into a big ball by helium and.......ugh.......
Watch Beethoven instead.
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When I first saw this movie(See Spot Run) I was 10 years old and myself
and my mom decided to go and see this film. A couple of years later I
saw it on TV and I had to record it on VHS. So without further ado here
is the story.
An FBI agent called Murdock(played by the late actor Micheal Clarke Duncan) is on a case in the opening of the film, where this mafia has illegal drugs that they hid in a painting can. So to solve it he sends his dog Agent 11 to sniff around to find the cocaine,and he eventually brings them down,but they later escape. Meanwhile a mailman named Gordon(played by Courtney Cox's ex husband David Arquette who looks an awful lot like Ryan Reynolds here back in 2001) is a dog hater who is cocky and not that pleasant to be around,that is until he has to mind his secret crush's (Lesily Bibb)son(played by Angus T Jones) as she has to go away for a while on some trip. But meanwhile when Agent 11 gets lost as a suspicious woman comes into the FBI working force field to take Agent 11 to Alaska,she switches the tags only for Agent 11 to somehow escape and later meet Gordon and the little boy.
As Agent 11 spends some time with Gordon and the little boy,the little pooch has to decide who he wants to stay with and what he wants to do. Either to be a FBI agent dog who can't have some fun,or a household pet with Gordon and the little boy. You can smell the ending A MILE AWAY but still though what do I think of it.
Well firstly I think the low rating is appalling I mean it could AT LEAST get a 7.5 out of 10 it was the same for another movie that got a 7.5 out of 10 and 90% in Rotten Tomatoes,See Spot Run got 23% in Rotten Tomatoes,clearly these people aren't kids at heart and they hate dogs like Gordon from the movie.
But to be quite honest this film had me in stitches and i'll tell ya one scene that had me laughing so hard,THE PET STORE scene why?? because it was so silly yet hilarious at the same time as the owner of the store was too busy listening to her Walkman to see what is going on in the store as the 2 Mafia men that were after Agent 11(now known as Spot hence the title of the film as he has to run from the FBI and the mafia as he doesn't want to be caught up in a tangled web)were in the store and Gordon was blown up in this bubblegum wrapper with the squeaky voice.
So yeah I really enjoyed this movie,is it the best film of all time NO,but do I like it YES I thought it was so hilarious and if you love dog movies then check it out.
See Spot Run gets two thumbs up for me.
Having just seen this film I find it hard to understand the severely critical comments. It's funny, there is no bad language or nudity and the story is well told. My yardstick for measuring a film is simple - was I entertained? 'See Spot Run' entertained me very much and I left the theatre still chuckling. 'SSR' is rated PG in the UK, which means it is suitable for children, but parents may wish to check for content they may consider inappropriate for their children first. The children who shared the theatre with me thoroughly enjoyed it judging by their laughter. It sounded as if most, if not all, of the adults were also laughing. It's a children's comedy - all you critics, don't take it so seriously. David Arquette does a very good job in the lead. The business with the dog doo was very well played and I enjoyed the way his manic behaviour calmed throughout the film until he was becoming almost normal at the end. If you have any doubts about going to see this having read the negative comments, just wait for the video, but you will miss out on the pleasure of sharing your laughter with an audience.
Blatantly ridiculous. Decorated, heroic canine (who apparently has the strength of a large man and understands the entire English language) is separated from the FBI and ends up with an unwashed postal carrier and the little boy he's currently babysitting. David Arquette, talking like the first white hip-hop mailman, sputters about trying to be zany, and fares even worse when the paltry script suddenly requires him to be paternal to the kid (who is either giggling or sulking). The sub-plot about mob boss Paul Sorvino putting out a hit on the dog actually provides the brightest moments, and hit-men Joe Viterelli and Steve Schirripa are able to come up with some funny repartee. Restless kids may go for it, and it isn't a completely shoddy production. *1/2 from ****
See Spot Run is a very enjoyable and decent feel good movie. The plot
is somewhat believable and it doesn't go too far in insulting the
viewer's intelligence. There are also some sentimental moments in the
film where David and Angus T Jones bond and do their hair together. The
comedy is well performed and strikes home.
The end was also satisfying as it did not show a cheesy and unnecessary romance in the end with the two getting to know each other. Some of the obvious flaws is showing the dog's ability to outperform the mafia hit men in the store while everyone else is distracted. The mafia's inability to whack the dog could have actually worked and be believable. Overall a decent and light hearted film that was enjoyable and should leave viewers satisfied.
It's basic plot is about the mob trying to carry out a hit on an FBI
agent, that FBI agent just happens to be a dog. Of course the dog ends
up in the back of a postal workers (Arquette) truck, who just happens
to be reluctantly looking after his hot neighbor's kid who he's trying
to hook up with. This is a fish out of water type comedy with Arquette
not knowing what to do with either a boy or a dog, as well as the dog
being a very serious dog who has been forbidden to play his whole life
but whose police instinct kick in every time he sees a crime going
down. Thrown in some Home Alone type bumbling hit men who get outwitted
by the dog time and time again. Scenes with the mother tying to
call/get home are also quite funny. The pet store scenes are the best,
although cheesy they are lots of fun, don't get up to use the bathroom
or anything when they arrive there.
"See Spot Run" is a laugh-a-minute movie in every sense of the word. Certain characters are over-acted to perfection (see Agent 11's handler and Mr Arquette's neurotic dog-hating character) while others are played straight with equally good results. This movie is hilarious, while also managing a touching feel-good finish. This is one film you can watch over and over, and never get sick of.
Overall rating: 7 out of 10.
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See Spot Run (2001): Dir: John Whitesell / Cast: David Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Anthony Anderson, Angus T. Jones: Mindless pile of dog crap with David Arquette as a mailman who hates dogs. Michael Clarke Duncan plays a cop whose dog is sent to a protection outlet when its life is threatened. It ends up at Arquette's after a tag switch and a boy believing it to be his. This leads to a brainless climax where everyone makes a gallant effort to be a moron. Horrible directing by John Whitesell with predictable writing that will result in the dog choosing between owners. What the dog should be doing is choosing a better agent to represent him when it comes to these crap pad scripts. Arquette is terrible as a guy out to impress a female by watching her son thus leading to the idiocy someone labelled as a story. Duncan is unbearable in what is a shame considering his work in The Green Mile. Leslie Bibb is the standard love interest whose best scene has her plastered from head to toe with mud as a bus spins its tires. Anthony Anderson is featured as Arquette's roommate and he is unable to gain a single laugh. Angus T. Jones plays the son of Arguette's neighbour and is more or less used as an opportunity to hook up with her. Corny dog show with a half wit theme regarding responsibility that isn't as strong as it totally imbecilic delivery. This film should be tossed to savage hyenas to be chewed to bits. Score: 0 / 10
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I knew that this film had a dog in it, apart from that I had no idea about the cast, plot or much else really, I did however know it was most likely going to be a cheesy film, from director John Whitesell (Big Momma's House 2, Deck the Halls, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son). Basically crime fighting bullmastiff dog Agent 11 has been with the FBI in Seattle for a few years, trained by his master Agent Murdoch (Michael Clarke Duncan), and on one particular they are going after Mafia boss Sonny Talia (Paul Sorvino), who is taken to hospital after the dog rips off one of his testicles to be surgically replaced. Talia wants payback and tells his two bodyguards Gino (Joe Viterelli) and Arliss (Steve Schirripa) to kill the pooch while it is being transported for protection to an Alaskan training facility, but the dog escapes before they can catch him. Gordon Smith (David Arquette) who works as a mailman, and he like so many other mailmen hate dogs in the back or front yard as they are trying to deliver letters and packages, and he has volunteered for his neighbour Stephanie (Leslie Bibb) to look after her six year old son James (Two and a Half Men's Angus T. Jones). They meet Agent 11, and after a mistake involving a stuffed toy dog James thinks the real dog is for him, he is given the new name "Spot", but being trained by the FBI he is not a regular dog, he has been taught since being a puppy not to play or be distracted, so no catching balls or frisbees. While Gino and Arliss continue to look for the dog, Gordon understands James is getting very close to Spot, but he is constantly being annoyed by his presence, as time goes by though they are becoming successful in making himself a regular playful dog. After an encounter with the bodyguards in a pet store, the FBI realise Agent 11 is missing, and eventually they locate him and Agent Murdoch arrives to take his dog back, but the dog escapes again, only to come against Talia again as he attempts to kill the dog himself, but he is outsmarted, caught and arrested. In the end the FBI still try to take their agent dog back, but Spot is given the choice to go back with them or stay with his new friends, he chooses Gordon and James, but he licks Murdoch goodbye, and Stephanie, who has gone through hell, returns upset, but James helps out, and they kiss each other. Also starring Scary Movie 3's Anthony Anderson as Benny and Kim Hawthorne as Cassavettes. Arquette is the sort of actor who would choose to be in a film like this, but he is pretty good actually, Bibb gets her own giggles, Jones is cute as the boy, and the dog of the picture is obviously a good character himself, I can see the resemblance combination to Turner & Hooch and Home Alone, the story is simple enough, it obviously has the silly and boring moments, but overall it is fun, a cheesy but acceptable family comedy. Worth watching!
When I was still working, and a guy really screwed up, we would say
"Well, he's in deep poopy grass now!"
This movie defines that term. David Arquette walks in it, falls in it, and ultimately undresses to wipe it off. All of which is funny funny physical comedy. I used to think he was just a stupid geek, and wondered what Courteney Cox saw in him, but he looks like a nice guy, and he really does physical stuff well.
Since I don't have any 6 to 8 year olds around to tell me that this is all old stuff -- especially the dog training collar controlled by a five-year-old -- I had a really good time watching it. Better than "dumb and dumber" -- which is just plain embarassing. At least this one is obviously aimed at little ones.
However, I did sneak a peak or two at Leslie Bibb after she'd been through the sprinkers, and she looked pretty good to me.
See Spot Run is a hilarious movie. It is a family film perfect for all ages. James (the child) is adorable, as is Spot, the dog. David Arquette is believably clumsy and clueless as Gordon the dog-hating mailman, who as a child was abandoned in a mailbox. Gordon's best friend Benny is one of the funniest people in the movie. This is my favorite movie because it's just so funny! I urge you to see it--if you have kids, this will become a staple in your DVD or video collection, frequently watched!
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