Love crappy movies but are too ashamed to admit it? Are you a big Rob Schneider fan but you're tired of being burned? Not sure if you want to waste your money on the same old movie? That's why you have Joe.
Joe Loves Crappy Movies is by Joseph Dunn. Joe willingly goes to see the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Whenever a crappy movie comes out Joe will be there to see it, make fun of it, and actually review it. Nothing is safe, and nothing is sacred. From the big budget action disasters to the low brow fart based comedies, to anything starring Martin Lawrence? Joe will tear it apart.
With each entry you'll get not only a comic poking fun at the movie, but also a detailed review. Joe's not educated in film or cinematography or acting, he's just a guy that draws comics and likes movies. So if you're looking for the everyman perspective and a little joke in comic form... you're in the right place.
The Shaggy Dog
Viewed: 4:00pm 03/010/06
Starring: Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr., Kristen Davis, Danny Glover, Spencer Breslin, Zena Grey , Jane Curtin
Directed by: Brian Robbins
Disney Official Site of the movie
In the 1950's through 1970's Disney were a major powerhouse in the American box office. At some point in the 90's they began a big push towards remakes of their cherished classics. They still of course make original films but often rely on updated more popular properties to hit big with the public. And we're not even talking about cartoons. This is there live action stuff. The kind of stuff your parents watched when they were kids. The Love Bug, The Nutty Professor, Freaky Friday The Parent Trap. Hell some of your grandparents probably watched the original Dr. Doolittle when they were kids.
I'm not saying this is a bad thing. Good stories are good stories and sometimes and update, remake, or sequel can add something to the story. The remake of the Nutty Professor is a brilliant piece of modern comedy, and simply based on the idea of the original. But not all of them are home runs, even though the bad ones somehow still become monetarily successful. I have no idea how. I don't know anyone that saw Flubber. And even though it's been out less than a week, I know no one that's seen The Shaggy Dog.
In the long line of Disney updates The Shaggy Dog is very middle of the road. It will make a lot of money, but not a ton. It has a good spirit to it with good jokes and site gags, but not a ton. It's the kind of movie I'd like to recommend, but not a ton.
Tim Allen is Dave Douglas a lawyer representing a large company accused of animal testing in a case against a wrongly accused animal rights activist. Dave puts his job first and his family second. His children betray him, his wife feels neglected, and get this? he hates dogs. And you feel sorry for him because you know as he's promising his wife he won't miss their anniversary dinner in two days, you KNOW he's going to show up as a dog.
When a 400-year-old dog from Tibet (I crap you not) is taken in by his attention-starved family Dave freaks out and ends up getting bitten by the magical beast. After that he starts transforming and his priorities shift to finding out what ?s really going on in that company with the animal testing.
It's a nice story. A little weird with the ancient dog, especially when you see the dog meditating, but it works. Kids eat this stuff up.
Tim Allen does a good job even as he's forced to go through the clich?d moves. Luckily they breeze through those in about 3 minutes. He wakes up at the foot of the bead, chases a loose belt on his robe (chasing his "tail"), takes a shower and shakes dry, drives with his head out the window. I'm not sure if it ever really came up and was wisely squashed, but I'm happy to report there was no man to man or man to animal ass sniffing. There was some animal to man ass sniffing but I found it to be very tasteful.
He's very good with the voice over work as well, that's where he has some of his funnier lines. I have to say though ? I'm so glad they didn't do the talking animal thing. As an animal Dave does talk to the animals, but it's always a one sided conversation. You never hear the voice of the other animals. A brilliant move, I say.
I admit that I'm a Tim Allen fan. Don't look at me like that. I know he does the lame family movies like The Santa Clause and Christmas with the Cranks but he's also done movies like Galaxy Quest, Who is Cletus Tout?, and Big Trouble which show a completely different side to the kid of work he could be doing. Galaxy Quest in particular is one of the smartest satires in the past 10 years. So yeah, Tim Allen gets a lot of respect from me.
But I enjoyed the whole cast, I mean this isn't really what you'd call a challenge, but the material could fall flat in weaker hands. The Douglas family (Kristen Davis, Spencer Breslin, Zena Grey) are all great together. Spencer has been the go to cute kid for the past few years and to be honest I'm surprised he hasn't grown out of it. He's going to shoot up a foot in the next year, loose the baby fat and get zits. Then he'll get hooked on the crank. I'm a little worried about Kristen Davis though. She's come out of the post Sex and the City gate with two kids movies. I don't know? it might just be me but I expect more substance and less fluff from someone as talented (hot) as her.
The most fun part was the one of the evil corporate executive played by Robert Downey Jr.. He gets to act crazy, yell at people, bark at other people, and look cool doing it. And you could tell he was having a lot of fun. Everyone was having fun, you know? They know it's a movie about a man turning into a dog, they know it's for the family. They've accepted that and decided to just have a good time and make the best movie they could. I can respect that.
Rating: 4.5 out of 10
I enjoyed it. There were some good laughs, a complete and interesting story, and some pretty clever laughs. Ultimately, though there were not enough laughs. It's funny, just not outrageously funny. Plus, at the end of the day, even with the transforming animals, mutant freak animals, and animal attacks, it's still a kid's movie. I'm just not the target audience so it's hard for me to recommend. If you have kids you need to keep quite for a few hours, this will certainly do the trick, and you won't be bored to tears.
DVD worthy?: Nope. It was cute but I don't see this in my future. Even if I had kids and was the type of parent that let the TV baby sit the kids, I still wouldn't bother. All the kids in the theater were well behaved in seemingly paying attention to the movie, but my better judgment tells me Shaggy Dog is too long to hold a child's attention at home where there are so many other distractions.
If you liked this movie check out: The Nutty Professor
Dog reminded me of the dual lives Eddie Murphy struggles with in the Nutty Professor movies. Even though Murphy only loses weight, it's still a dramatic transformation that turns his life upside down. The movie then becomes about controlling the transformations and stabilizing life. I like the way Dog mixed the problem into the story but didn't make it the only thing going on. Transforming into a dog certainly slows Dave Douglas down, but he's out to learn the truth. His own transformation woes are only part of that truth.
Where Professor wins out is in laughs. It's Eddie at the top of his game and there are a lot of genuine gut busters in that movie. Of course it's not as kid friendly as Dog but it still has that Disney remake glow to it.
Trailer Hitch: Cars
"The Last good Pixar Movie". Maybe not. It doesn't look that good to me. I don't know, this movie comes out on June 9th, and I don't know if 3 months is enough time for me to get used to the idea of a talking car movie that doesn't involve Transformers or Michael Knight. I've had plenty of time to get used to the idea since the teasers were running back last summer, but with this first viewing of the full trailer I'm far from won over or prepared.
I'm sure it will be good, but if one of those cars finishes a race, huffs and puffs off the road and says "I'm EXHAUSTed" then I'm walking the hell out.
I assume everyone knows Tom Brazelton, the godfather of movie web comics. He (and me too) was named as one of the 14 Coolest Dudes in Webcomics, and specifically awarded the honor of Nicest guy in web comics. Debatable. But I've seen him kick a puppy! That's all I'm saying?
Seriously, congratulations to Tom and all the others on the list. Much deserved, and thanks to Peter for including me in such good company with the More Output Than Every Other Cool Dude Put Together. award.
Non movie related stuff:
Yesterday I had a guest comic go up at Theaterhopper. I've done guest strips for Tom before but whenever I do it's always as an artist to a friend Mark. Mark and I met in the Theaterhopper community and the fact that we've done three of these strips now speaks towards the great community Theaterhopper has. One of the most tight knit friendly forums in the world. A fitting environment for a fantastic comic.
Just wanted to give a proper shout out to Clay and Hampton from Rob and Elliot for the support lately. After hanging out with Clay at the NY comic con he asked for a JLCM banner and has been running it ever since. It's steered so much traffic our way that our web provider is telling us to upgrade our account. So, welcome to all you RandE readers, hope you enjoy the set up. And big big big thanks to Clay and Hampton. You guys rock.
Thanks for reading, everyone.
Joe – The creator of the strip who has embraced giving crappy movies the chance they deserve. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - The Introduction
Yeo – Yeo is Joe’s wife and often the voice of reason in the strip. Having her act rational allows the rest of the cast to embrace being in a comic strip which primarily involves randomly punching people, interacting with fictional characters and talking about boobs. Yeo is smart, beautiful and way too good for Joe. Don’t tip her off.
First Appearance - Fever Pitch
Irv – Joe’s movie-going sidekick who’s always down for watching Jason Statham crescent moon kick some thug through a plate glass window and getting some drinks before after and during a Vin Diesel movie. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
Agent 337 George Jones – A government Agent that took over for Joe after he was bad-mouthing President Bush in the V for Vendetta strip. George ran the show for over a month bring a much needed sense of patriotism and justice to both the strips and reviews. He eventually got too attached to his work, empathizing with Joe’s plight to give crappy movies a fair shake. In a way he came to love crappy movies as well and was pushed out of the position. He spiraled out of control and ended up in prison. His adventures will be told in the limited series JLCM Presents: 337 Locked Up which is set to début Christmas of 09.
First Appearance - V for Vendetta
Other Notable Appearances: Stay Alive, Ice age 2, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Slither, Here Comes Guest week, Let’s Go To Prison
Leonidas – The former king of Sparta who has traveled into the future and is having trouble coping with the modern times. Yelling loudly and kicking people into giant holes doesn’t really work the same way it did in the olden days. As time as gone by he’s adjusted but it’s a safe bet that he’s always one bad message away from throwing a spear through someone.
First Appearance - 300
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Strip# 300, The Golden Compass, Rambo, Untraceable, The Ladies of Max Paybe
Palpatine – Former Senator, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Sith Lord... He shows up in the Joe Loves Crappy movies galaxy on occasion to let people know that they’re being stupid. No one’s really sure how he shows up in this universe but chances are it breaks all kinds of copywrite laws.
First Appearance - Episode III: The Dark Side
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Night Watch, Saw 3, Are We Done Yet
Slow Billy – Billy is a sweet kid but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. If you’re watching him for the day be prepared to explain to him the plot of the movie or how popcorn works or, not so much where babies come from, but what babies are. He’s a complete moron.
First Appearance - Four Brothers
Other Notable Appearances: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, Vantage Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kyle the Movie Snob – Be careful what fun facts about movies you tell your friends at a friendly gathering or in line for the latest blockbuster, because if you’re even slightly wrong, Kyle will be more than happy to let you know. He usually gets what’s coming to him though. Poor guy has cracked three ribs since joining the JLCM cast.
First Appearance - Ultraviolet
Other Notable Appearances: 16 Blocks, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Jean-Luc Picard – Another lawsuit waiting to happen is Jean Luc Picard who, towards the end of the strip’s first year, became the go-to background character. If there was ever a seat to fill or a random person to place wandering around in the background, nine times out of ten it was Picard. While Picard has crossed paths with Irv he and Joe have never met. Perhaps they will some day but for now just can an eye on the background.
First Appearance - The Producers
Other Notable Appearances: I’m not telling you, that’s no fun. It’ like Where’s Waldo – go find him!
Ice Cream Sandwich – Delicious and… deadly? Usually when you see someone eating an Ice Cream sandwich, someone else is experiencing a substantial amount of pain. Still, how nice is an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day?
First Appearance - Saw IV
Other Notable Appearances: Bee Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Saw V