Underdog

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +3

A live-action comic spoof from Disney Studios. Alex Neuberger, Peter Dinklage, James Belushi, and the voice of Jason Lee. Written by Adam Rifkin, Joe Piscatella, Craig A. Williams. Directed by Frederick Du Chau.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Doused by a dose of concoction developed by a mad scientist who wants to take over the world, a mild mannered pooch develops super powers. Alas, hes still a klutz and manages to cause as much havoc as the bad guys.

PREVIEW REVIEW: It would be so easy to call this one a real bow-wow. Indeed, I suspect critics all over the nation will think of that phrase simultaneously. The truth, however, is that it does contain a bit of charm. What must be accepted is that this update of the 60s cartoon classic is aimed at a very young audience, with little regard for those who were first enamored of the durable Saturday morning series. Gone are the witty rhymes and of course the voice of the incomparable Wally Cox. The new version is no longer animated, but live action, with less than stellar computer effects and Jason Lee (Shortcut to Happiness, Clerks II) now doing our canine heros voice. Not as amusing as Rocky and His pals or the adventures of Sherman and Mr. Peabody, but kids who have the imagination and appreciation for the depiction of a live-action talking/flying dog will most likely find it amusing. As for accompanying adults, well, it beats a bee sting.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures

Summary
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Crude Language: Though mostly tame, there is some potty humor, with several poop and sniffing jokes aimed at amusing younger audience members.

Obscene Language: I caught no obscene language.

Profanity: None.

Violence: Slapstick situations throughout; played for laughs, the klutzy super pup fights villains and wrecks things; there is a great deal of action; as always, parents should be there to reassure very little ones.

Sex: There are a few vague sexual innuendos.

Nudity: None.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None.

Drugs: None.

Other: A subplot has to do with a grieving teenager whose mother has recently passed away.

Running Time: 84 minutes
Intended Audience: Kids


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