The Family Reviews The Shaggy Dog

The Shaggy Dog

shaggy dog

Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: A district attorney switches between human and sheepdog form after being bitten by a 300 year-old Tibetan Bearded Collie.

Brigette: A man must find a way to set things right after an accident turns him into a dog.

Morgan: A not-very-good dad/husband turns into a dog after he gets bitten by a non-ageing shaggy dog.

Gable: A father is bitten by an ageless dog, thus turning himself into a dog, which leads to multiple incidents.


Pete: Disney/Family/Comedy

Brigette, Morgan & Gable: Comedy/Family

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Dave Douglas because he provided the most laughs.

Brigette: Carly because she stood up for what she believed in.

Morgan: Dave only because he tried to solve things.

Gable: Dave because he changed his ways so that he spent more time with his own family and less time at work.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Dr. Kozak because he was selfish and greedy.

Brigette: Dr. Gwen Lichtman because she didn’t seem to believe in scientific ethics.

Morgan: Dr. Kozak because he was greedy.

Gable: Dr. Kozak for a reason I cannot say.

How was the casting?

Pete: Some big name actors mixed with some lesser knowns, but everyone did an amazing job.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: It grabbed me immediately with a very dramatic opening and kept me entertained and laughing throughout.

Brigette: It got my attention right away and wasn’t nearly as lame as I’d anticipated.

Morgan: I thought it was pretty funny almost from the very beginning and that caught my attention the whole way through.

Gable: It was intense from the start and it had a good message but, before I started watching the film, I thought it was going to be super lame and go nowhere. I was proved wrong!

Favorite quote:

Pete: “In our house, a lick doesn’t count as an apology” – Dave Douglas

Brigette: “You know, if I was putting your physics teacher in jail, you’d be thrilled.” – Dave

Morgan: “Wish I could buy you an ice-cream, but I’ve got paws and don’t have a wallet because I’m actually nude right now.” –Dave

Gable: “Just because something looks ridiculous doesn’t mean it’s not true. It just takes more courage to believe in it.” – Carly

How was the soundtrack?

Brigette: We’ve put songs from the movie on Grooveshark and you can hear three more on YouTube here. The score by Alan Menken is available for preview on iTunes.

Have you watched other films by the same director/actor?

Pete: Of the few films I’ve seen with Tim Allen this is probably my favorite.

How was the ending?

Pete: Heartwarming and uplifting.

Brigette: Heartwarming.

Morgan: I thought it was good.

Gable: Happy and satisfying, which is always nice for the end of such a nice film.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Remain true and focused on the people you care about.

Brigette: Your family should be your top priority.

Morgan: Sometimes it takes a while for you to realize that you need to solve a problem.

Gable: You can always change for the better, even if the current circumstances are pressing.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Dog lovers.

Brigette: Families whose priorities are out of whack and animal activists.

Morgan: Slack dads/husbands.

Gable: People who enjoyed films such as Freaky Friday, because this film is just like that but with dogs instead of mothers.

Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Flying Dog Brewery’s The Truth Imperial IPA

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Buddhist Temple Interior

Shaggy DA archi Buddhist Temple

If you had the ability to change into any animal at will, which animal would you choose?

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