Time: 102 mins.
Being a pet owner, of both a cat and a dog, I just couldn't resist this movie. There's just something about pets talking that gets my butt into the theater. I'm glad my animals don't talk, but the idea of it intrigues me to no end. In this family pic, they keep the premise pretty simple, which is probably why it works as well as it does. The story isn't very complicated and the humans are regulated to the back seat, but this idea of a full-scale war between the cats and dogs is filled with humor. Though the animals are cute and the script is decent, it's the special effects that make this movie shine. You have never seen animals behave like this. Here the family pet has turned super agent with high-tech gadgets and fighting moves that would make James Bond jealous. It gets a little old by the end because they're merely ripping off moves we've seen before, but for the most part it's entertaining as hell.
The story is centered on the Brody household, ground zero for the battle of world domination. It seems Dr. Brody (Goldblum), a scientist, is working on a serum that will rid all humans of allergies to dogs. The cats, especially one named Mr. Tinkles, is not about to let the serum see the light of day. Cats once ruled the Earth and he's not about to see himself or his species become second-rate citizens. It's the job of Butch, Sam and Peek to protect the Brody house from the cat attacks. When the agent that was protecting the house as the family pet is catnapped, the agency sends in a new puppy to take over the job. Except this new puppy, a beagle named Lou, really IS a puppy and not the trained agent they were expecting. Lou is thrilled to be part of the excitement and throws himself into his new job with gusto, if not much skill. As Dr. Brody gets closer to success, the attacks on the lab mount. Despite serious setbacks, Mr. Tinkles plan for world domination will not be denied.