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Cats & Dogs

children & family, comedy

There's a war being waged - a top-secret and high-tech war that humans are blissfully unaware of!

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common sense

ON for kids age 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Plenty of heart and hijinks mixed with litter box humor.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie features several potty jokes and a great deal of comic/fantasy violence (no one hurt). 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.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the different ways that the cats and dogs deal with failure and setbacks and their ability to work as a team.
  • Families can also talk about Ivy's comment, "Sometimes mad is just a way of hiding how sad you are." Have you ever felt this way?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, July 30, 2010

Rotten: After a while, the film's massive explosions make Swordfish look like a chick flick.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, July 12, 2001

Rotten: The best way to enjoy Cats & Dogs, like puppy love, is to go into it with lowered expectations.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, July 5, 2001

Audience Reviews

1 star

Some kids films have the ability to be better than some of the films suitable for older people - sadly, this is not one of them. I can see the appeal for kids, it's novel, but I lost interest very early on.

- 76Majikat, Friday, October 22, 2010

3 stars

WAY better then what I was expecting.I actually enjoyed it

- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 25, 2009

3 stars

whilst it is a great film for children, the film lacks substance, and once past the initial awe of cats and dogs talking, their is nothing much left to look at

- TomBowler, Sunday, August 2, 2009