Cats & Dogs

Cats & Dogs
Cats & Dogs
  • PG
  • 1h 27m
  • 2001
Rotten53%
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A secret, high-tech struggle rages in neighborhoods everywhere between cats and dogs totally undiscovered by humans. This battle for world domination has been held in balance by an uneasy truce until now. Scientists have developed a vaccine that cures humans' allergies to dogs but not to cats and the cats must destroy it. A power-mad Persian, Mr. Tinkles, leads a massive feline attack on man's best friend, and crack canine agents spring into action to defeat the diabolical feline mastermind.

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Common Sense Says
Plenty of heart and hijinks mixed with litter box humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cats & Dogs is a 2001 comedy in which talking cats and dogs wage war in a variety of cartoonish and over-the-top ways. The humor is often puerile if not flat-out gross: In addition to dog flatulence, cats flinging kitty litter, dog rear end sniffing, and toilet water drinking, a cat gets a puppy in trouble by unveiling a large and disgusting dog poop and plopping it on the entryway rug of the puppy's owners. (The puppy minutes later refers to the feces as a "steamer.") Cat lovers might not be too keen on the depictions of cats as being the embodiment of pure evil. Some children may be upset about an elderly character on life support, especially when his condition is used for comedy. A boy is sad when his dog disappears, and is reluctant to make friends with a replacement. The movie is mildly sexist -- although one of the spy dogs is female, she is not a part of the team, and the message that goes out to the spy dogs is prefaced with "gentlemen." A boy's feelings are hurt when he does so badly at soccer try-outs (off screen) that the coach suggests that he try out for the girls' team. The constant gags and violence -- reminiscent of old Warner Brothers cartoons but combined with the bombast of Michael Bay-style action movies -- negate any attempt at positive messages on the importance of family or the loving bond that can develop between dogs and their human caretakers.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:July 4, 2001
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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