David Arquette. A dog. Electricity. It doesn't sound like a good combination at all, but "See Spot Run" is a surprisingly decent family comedy that isn't exactly at the level of "Turner and Hooch" but far exceeds expectations.
Spot is an FBI drug-sniffing dog that becomes the target of a mobster after he bites off one of the man's testicles (yes, this is a kid's movie). So, after a failed attempt to put him into the witness protection agency, Spot escapes and finds solace with a young mailman (Arquette) and his neighbor's son. The two are pretty clueless to the fact that their dog has a hit on its life, but that's okay because the dog can fend for itself.
Obviously, "See Spot Run" is not an intellectual movie, but it never really tries to be anything more than it is, a dumb "boy and his dog" film. It has some funny moments and overall is moderately entertaining, minus a few overly cheesy parts. Michael Clarke Duncan as the over-emotional FBI partner is classic; watching a huge man like that cry over being away from his dog for only a day is pretty humorous.
Basically, if you have kids around "See Spot Run" is a movie that you'll enjoy to, but otherwise, I wouldn't go out of my way. It's obviously not for everyone, but if you run across it on television, give it a chance; you might find it entertaining.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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