See Spot Run
Gordon Smith (David Arquette) is a mailman challenged by the dogs he fights with everyday. When his beautiful neighbor Stephanie (Leslie Bibb) has to go on a business trip, she asks Gordon to watch her son James (Angus T. Jones) until the sitter arrives and Gordon eagerly agrees, hoping to earn her romantic interest. Meanwhile, FBI agent Murdoch (Michael Clarke Duncan) has been notified that his canine partner agent 11 (Bob the Bull Mastiff, who has super drug-detecting abilities) is missing. As agent 11 is being hunted by mobster kingpin Sonny Talia’s (Paul Sorvino) hitmen, Gino and Arliss, he spots Gordon’s mail truck and decides to stay with the lovable mailman and his little buddy, sort of like a dog going into a witness protection program. Since Gordon has no idea what the dog really is, he has no idea what danger lies ahead.
The only way to see a movie like this is with a theater full of kids. Aside from the fact that they are the target audience for this movie anyway, it helps to be reminded that as an adult who has to sit by and watch as childlike Arquette maneuvers through scene after scene of Buster Keaton style physical comedy that is more silly than funny. This story is filled with pratfalls, car chases, gunfights, buddy moments, gross humor, a silly plot, bumbling Mafia guys and cute boy-loves-dog moments. My favorite part of this movie and the only real reason to see it is Angus T., the kid is ADORABLE!!!
There are several scenes that kids just laughed their heads off at, so they must think it’s funny – but for those of you with little ones that are borderline old enough to see this movie let me elaborate. At the beginning Sorvino is bitten in the crotch by Agent 11 and has to have part of his anatomy removed. This is the reason for the hit on the dog and it becomes the running joke throughout the movie. Although specific words are never spoken, kids can get the idea by the implied humor and sound effects. When Gordon gets locked out in front of his apartment after taking Spot to the bathroom, he slips and falls (several times) until he’s covered in doggy doo. The mom is trying to make it home and is covered in mud, climbs into the back of a trailer, a zebra raises it’s tail, a noise comes out and the trailer ignites on fire. Gordon’s pal Benny is a “brother” who loves to break dance, cracks crude jokes and constantly makes racial references.
Parental advisory: There’s a lot of funny, physical comedy with plenty of cute kid, pseudo-dad and dog moments that will delight the kids seeing this movie. There are also several crude elements mixed in so that it’s not as edgy as a Jim Carey comedy but it’s not void of offensive material either. The offensive humor is mostly the crude bathroom variety. Dove approves this film for ages 12 and above, but we encourage parents to consult the content chart below.