Big question: This remake stars Tim Allen as a lawyer and inattentive father who's transformed into a dog. What makes this "tail" worth re-wagging?
Skip it: Don't bother sniffing through the jumbled, animal-testing-is-bad plot, which involves a 300-year-old dog taken out of Tibet so its immortal DNA can be injected into other animals. Allen laps up his cereal, pees with one leg up and sheds any remaining credibility like dog hair.
Catch it if: You want to see tiny puppies swimming through a person's bloodstream or Allen--as a dog--knocking over an elderly woman while chasing a cat.
Bottom line: Kids may enjoy all the cute animals running around, but parents will be pawing for the exit. Disney execs green-lighting kiddie litter like "The Shaggy Dog" should be smacked on the nose with the newspaper.
Bonus: Count on this being the only time you ever see a canine Tibetan monk stop meditating to play fetch.
'The Shaggy Dog'
Directed by Brian Robbins; written by the Wibberleys (Marianne and Cormac), Geoff Rodkey, Jack Amiel, Michael Begler; photographed by Gabriel Beristain; edited by Ned Bastille; production designed by Leslie McDonald; music by Alan Menken; produced by David Hoberman, Tim Allen. A Walt Disney Pictures release, distributed by Buena Vista Pictures; opens Friday. Running time: 1:39. MPAA rating: PG (for some mild, rude humor).
Dave Douglas - Tim Allen
Dr. Kozak - Robert Downey Jr.
Rebecca Douglas - Kristin Davis
Ken Hollister - Danny Glover
Carly Douglas - Zena Grey
Josh Douglas - Spencer Breslin
Judge Claire Whittaker - Jane Curtin
Lance Strictland - Philip Baker HallCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times