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The Shaggy Dog (2006)

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A man tries to live a normal life despite the fact that he sometimes turns into a sheepdog.

Director:

Brian Robbins

Writers:

Cormac Wibberley (screenplay) (as The Wibberleys), Marianne Wibberley (screenplay) (as The Wibberleys) | 6 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Dave Douglas
Kristin Davis ... Rebecca Douglas
Zena Grey ... Carly Douglas
Spencer Breslin ... Josh Douglas
Danny Glover ... Ken Hollister
Robert Downey Jr. ... Dr. Kozak
Joshua Leonard ... Justin Forrester
Shawn Pyfrom ... Trey
Bess Wohl ... Dr. Gwen Lichtman
Jarrad Paul ... Larry
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Justin Forrester's Attorney
Jane Curtin ... Judge Claire Whittaker
Philip Baker Hall ... Lance Strictland
Joel David Moore ... Pound Employee
Jeanette Brox ... Janey
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Storyline

A man tries to live a normal life despite the fact that he sometimes turns into a sheepdog.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everything is going to the dogs. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un papá con pocas pulgas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,310,058, 12 March 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,123,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,134,280
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The appearance of the dog's eyes on the cover art for this movie, seems to resemble those of Tim Allen, who plays the character, who sometimes turns into a dog. See more »

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When Dave Douglas is supposed to be naked in the lab you can see he apparently has underwear on under his lab coat when all the animals are escaping. See more »

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Judge Claire Whittaker: One more outburst and I'm holding you in contempt.
Dave Douglas: [barks] Silence! Quiet! WHOO!
[covers up mouth with hands, pause]
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Connections

Remake of The Shaggy D.A. (1976) See more »

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When a Man Loves a Woman
(1966)
Written by Calvin Lewis, Andrew Wright
Performed by Percy Sledge
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Lackluster Family Film
11 June 2006 | by christian123See all my reviews

Assistant D.A. David Douglas (Allen) finds himself barking up the wrong tree, after he's bitten by a dog being experimented on in a laboratory and suddenly finds himself acting and the turning into a dog himself.

Tim Allen's film career is a case of hit or miss. The Santa Clause movies are offset by Joe Somebody and Christmas with the Kranks. Unfortunately, The Shaggy Dog is in the latter group. To be blunt, the film is pretty bad. The movie was not funny and it was quite dull. I know it's just a harmless family film but did it have to be so boring and humorless? Of course it didn't. I always thought family movies were supposed to entertain the entire family not just one age group of the family. The Shaggy Dog may prove to be an enjoyable treat for the kids but most people over the age of 13 will probably hate it.

The acting is only okay and the decent cast keeps the film from completely sinking. Tim Allen gives a decent performance as Dave but he really needs to stop doing lame family movies. Kristin Davis also gives a decent performance and she is also way above this material. I really don't like Spencer Breslin. He just annoys me and his acting isn't very good. The Shaggy Dog did not change my opinion about him. Zena Grey just gives a bland performance, nothing special from her. Robert Downey Jr. gives a decent performance as the bad guy. Danny Glover is wasted in his role and he barely appears on screen.

The first twenty minutes or so are actually pretty enjoyable. After that, the movie starts reusing the same jokes and it becomes more serious. There was probably a break from the laughter for about 30 minutes since the movie was handling serious issues in a lighthearted way. I think the director did this to attract both adults and children but he ended up alienating both of them. The stupid humor will probably bore adults and the serious scenes will probably bore the children. I have never seen the original Shaggy Dog movies and maybe that's how those films were handled as well. However, the film seemed a little misdirected to me which isn't surprising since there are five(!) credited screenwriters. Behind the camera, it seems like things were a little messy and it shows in the movie. In the end, The Shaggy Dog is a harmless yet humorless family film that should appeal to the kids. Everyone else should skip the movie. Rating 3/10


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