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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Jeff Goldblum
Elizabeth Perkins
Alexander Pollock
Tobey Maguire
Sean Hayes
Alec Baldwin
Susan Sarandon
Directors
Lawrence Guterman
Screenwriters
John Requa
Glenn Ficarra
Running Time
87 minutes

Cats and Dogs
Those ancient enemies, cats and dogs, do battle in this kids' flick


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Plot
Mr. Tinkles, a despot cat, is scheming to interfere in Prof. Brody's work on a cure for dog allergies. After the cat-napping of the Brodys' dog, a worldwide canine organisation arranges for a secret agent pup to be infiltrated into the family, but Mrs. Brody picks Lou, an untrained beagle, instead. Retaliating, Mr. Tinkles sends cat ninjas to attack Brody and conquer the world.


Verdict
It doesn't have the attitude that makes, say, Toy Story or Mouse Hunt play to adults as well as kids, and there are scenes which could have come from a Beethoven sequel. But with the spy stuff - dogs and cats doing kung fu, tossing killer gadgets or zooming through a canine Bond base — it’s hard not to gurgle with something close to childish joy.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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