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Dog steals the show

See Spot Run may not be anything new, but it's good for laughs.


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001

Movie: See Spot Run

Rating: PG

Summary: A young, single mail carrier named Gordon (David Arquette) is left to babysit his attractive neighbor's young son while she goes out of town on a business trip. She ends up being gone a little bit longer than he expected, though. Suddenly his life takes a twisted turn; an evil international criminal tries to kill an FBI dog whose bite left him with a permanent injury! This dog ends up in the hands of Gordon and the kid, who become attached to the dog but are put in harm's way as the dog is stalked by this stone-cold killer.

My View: My friend Mitch and I got a lot of good laughs out of this one. It wasn't a great movie, but it is a movie that I think would be enjoyed by the whole family. The human acting was mediocre; the dog was great! The humor kept me entertained.

Favorite part: There were many amusing parts in this flick, but there was one that I found especially funny. In the middle of the night Spot wants to go outside, so Gordon obliges him. Spot does his business and pushes the door open to go back inside, inadvertently locking Gordon out. While trying to get back into the house, Gordon has a messy encounter with Spot's "business."

Least favorite part: I've seen plots similar to this one in other movies, so it was like I already knew what was going to happen.

Recommendations: This is a good family movie. But, I do think parents will enjoy it more if they can tolerate the silly humor.

Grade: B-

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Billy Norris, 13, is a seventh grader at Seminole Middle School, and a former member of the Times X-Team.

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