The Shaggy Dog


The Shaggy Dog (2006)


Critic Consensus: This Disney retread has neither inspiration nor originality, but may please moviegoers under the age of ten.


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An unexpected transformation helps a workaholic attorney learn that there's more to life than the courtroom in this remake of the 1959 Disney canine classic of the same name. Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas (Tim Allen) takes his job in the halls of justice very seriously -- so seriously in fact that his wife and family see considerably less of their frequently-absent husband and father than they would prefer. When a case involving an animal laboratory finds the distracted dad once again taking an extended leave of absence from his frustrated family, Douglas' luck takes a turn for the worst after he is inadvertently infected by a top-secret genetic-mutation serum that transforms the two-legged lawyer into a four-legged sheepdog. Though his current situation has its drawbacks to be sure, the fly-on-the-wall perspective afforded to Douglas in his newfound state alerts the well-intending father and husband that all is not well on the home front. Moved by the unfulfilled needs of his neglected family and determined to become a better father if he can only shed his winter coat, Douglas' unique new vantage point could offer just the motivation needed to bring the nefarious forces behind the serum to justice and win back his wife and kids once and for all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Shaggy Dog

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (33)

We've seen it a million times.

Mar 16, 2006

Disney's tried-and-true slapstick material (est. 1959) is here given a heinously unimaginative interpretation by five screenwriters and a director who manages to squander the gifts of an absurdly overqualified supporting cast.

Mar 10, 2006

The unruly pack of subplots make The Shaggy Dog much more convoluted than it needs to be.

Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

The Shaggy Dog may not make you howl, but it does offer a few bona fide belly laughs, which is more than the last few Tim Allen movies could boast.

Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
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This is a classic family fun fare, likely destined for sequelhood.

Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Director Brian Robbins keeps the special effects and animatronics to a minimum, relying more often than not on real (albeit trained) dogs. That extra bit of authenticity is refreshing.

Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for The Shaggy Dog

Robert Downey Jr. was good in this.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

A pretty stupid movie, Tim Allen disappoints me.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Not that great, a good family film at best.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


its not bad

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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