Dave Douglas (Tim Allen) is a top lawyer that has let his job get in the way of being there for his family. He has a son that is failing math, a daughter that is protesting animal testing, and a wife that feels like she is doing it all on her own. But during a trial against a man that is accused of setting a fire in a laboratory that performs animal testing everything is about to change. His daughter takes in a shaggy dog that ends up biting Dave. Over the next couple of days Dave finds himself changing back and forth between being a human and a dog. During all the transformations Dave realizes that his family is the most important thing to him and wants nothing more than to make things right.
I’m really torn on this movie. First Tim Allen dives right into the role and you will get some laughs as he shakes, drools, growls, and chases sticks just like a dog. Also I do like the lesson they are trying to teach about animal testing; but this movie does not pull it off well. The plot about it will go over many kids’ heads or just bore them as it drags on. For adults the unrealistic and goofy nature of the test subjects takes away from any meaning behind the lesson. As far as a remake I was disappointed in it and expected more from both the cast and Disney. You do have some bonus features that might help the sour taste left by the movie a little bit such as a blooper reel, a bark along feature for your dogs, and deleted scenes. However if you are a fan of the original don’t go in expecting too much from this remake.