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A genetically mutated dog is stolen from the lab of mad scientist Dr. Jarret by news reporter/animal rights advocate Lori Tanner, who conceals it from the police in her home. The dog, Max, endowed with intelligence and other special abilities, is at first lovable, but also proves to be a ferocious, unstoppable killer.Written by
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[Reffering to dog food]
This stuff is so disgusting.
Wait till he goes to the bathroom.
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The version on USA Network includes scenes cut from the theatrical Version:
A scene where Lori and her boyfriend Perry are on couch on the first night with Max outside the patio door, where Lori remarks "look how he become attached to me already."
A scene where Lori does her last story on Max, just after Max dies in the scene in the Lab before we cut to three month later, where Lori meets with Rudy to show her the puppies.
Scene where Ray has his balls bitten off by Max is cut, jumps right to Emaxx lab scene right as Max goes for Ray.
In the TV Version, the scene when Max escapes, when Lori and Anne are in the lab when Dr. Jarret throws down his duffles to the floor as max ignores his commands to "enter" He says "damn it" instead of his real words "God damn it".
The scene of the mutilated mugger is removed; all you see are the detectives looking at the dead body.
The scene where Lori and Anne are trying to escape from Emaxx after being caught by the guard, when they reach parting elevator doors, revealing Dr. Jarret, "great" is substituted for Anne's original response, "shit".
Not enough Henriksen is the biggest problem ...................
This mutated dog sci-fi/ horror / black comedy requires complete suspension of disbelief, and if you can live with that premise, you will find "Man's Best Friend" entertaining. Although Lance Henriksen receives second billing, his screen time is somewhat disappointing. The sci-fi element is never explored, giving way to "Cudjo"-like maulings and some moments of "dark comedy". There is a little too much cutesy stuff involving the genetically engineered dog, but overall other than the lack of Henriksen, this is a totally acceptable time waster. The dog is really the star, with the actors assuming a secondary role. - MERK
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