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There were these two guys from Israel who apparently never experienced
childhoods and decided to make up for it by writing and directing a
children's movie. You can tell immediately that they are totally
clueless about children because their two main characters, 12 year-old
Zach and 14 year-old Becky, are not just lifelong friends but are what
passes for the movie's romantic interest. Any child and anyone who
remembers their own childhood knows that at age 14 girls are two or
three years ahead of boys. While you often find the reverse (age 14
girl with age 16 boy) this utterly absurd pairing immediately dooms
"Lenny the Wonder Dog" for anyone over age six.
Basically what you have here is a very low budget version of "Agent Cody Banks" goes to "Police Academy" and meets "Mr. Ed". So low budget that the action scenes have been replaced with cartoons and the horse has been replaced with a dog that does not move his (or her) lips when talking-just a lame voice-over.
Throw in a couple of henchmen who could be described as "The Mayor of Munchkin City" and a male version of the mayor's secretary from "The Powerpuff Girls". Add a prestigious veteran actor, Officer Larvell Jones from "Police Academy" and a villain who looks and sounds like Al Pacino imitating the Tom Hanks character in "The Ladykillers".
If any of this sounds vaguely interesting, it is not. No one with an age or an IQ over six will find much entertainment here. Zach and Becky have some charm, but all the other characters are adults acting infantile, making this one of those kid's movie without any kids. Writers without childhoods must think that children get off watching adults act like cartoon characters rather than watching actors their own age.
There is a guest appearance by an Argentine pop singer named "Angie" (not Angie Aparo) who apparently was expected to become a big thing at the time of filming but whose US career seems to have suffered the same fate as this movie.
Others have said enough about how off this movie is, but I'll add a few
I just watched this movie with my 13yr old daughter and... she liked. It seems that the makers of this movie know how bad it is and there are a few references in the movie where the jokes are so bad and the inserted animation so weird that it almost works. There were places where we laughed at just how bizarre the plot is and other scenes where we actually laugh-out-loud funny.
There were a couple of places where we laughed out loud. We even turned it off once and then came back because a story that weird needs some sort of closure.
I wouldn't get this for a birthday party or family movie night, but if you were picking up a couple movies for your at-home-sick kid, this could work.
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I have to admit that the only reason I've seen this movie is because
Craig Ferguson is in it. If you know his work at all, if you appreciate
his humor on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, then you'll want
to see this movie just to watch his hilarious antics. He's wonderful,
The plot wasn't that great, but there's a cute dog in it. What I liked so much about the movie is that I never felt that the dog was in any serious danger. Every animal movie seems to put the animals in danger - or kills them off - and I can't watch that kind of thing. This one was such a relief because I didn't have to hide my eyes or worry about the dog.
So, sure, turn your nose up at a low-budget movie that is for kids...but it's done something Disney seems unable to do: make an animal movie without threatening the animal. And Craig Ferguson could read the phone book and I'd watch, but he's over the top wonderful in this.
Where does one begin? Aside from the child lead Zach, and what appears
to be the same dog from Dr. Doolittle (probably isn't), Michael
Winslow, and an appearance by Angie (Brazilian wannabe Britney Spears),
this movie is pretty ambiguous.
Craig Ferguson is great in a cheeky, idiotic, and totally inane kind of way. His performance is nothing you don't see on his stage act on the Late, Late Show every week night. I love Craig's performance herein, although he IS somewhat of an acquired taste, and this movie does stink up the place.
Sammy Kahn (Zach) hasn't been credited with anything since 2006. I can only hope he went on to find a good life. He would be 17 at the time of this writing. His performance is rather good, considering the dialog is written as tritely as the worst of the worst soap opera.
I didn't mind this as much as I thought I would, but it's really quite bad, overall. It's okay if you're nine, but if you're ten, it may be too lame for you to stomach.
LOVE Zach's t-shirts though!!
It rates a 4.0/10 from...
the Fiend :.
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