Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

(On-demand Video, March 2012) I’m not particularly receptive to the “but it’s for kids!” argument as to why we should be more lenient regarding bad films for children.  Great movies are great movies, and there are plenty of kids’ movies that are just as satisfying to adults.  Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore certainly isn’t one of them.  Built around the “Awww” reflex that humans have for pets, it’s an assortment of numerous special effects and awful jokes strung on a generic James Bond plot template.  It’s cute and the CGI look as if many people worked a long time to perfect them, but it’s also terrible and dull to watch.  There’s an occasional smirk or two in the numerous winks at the whole spy-movie genre, but otherwise it’s a film that quickly becomes background noise as watchers are compelled to make better use of their time.  I suppose that parents with young kids may find some use out of it at a diversion.  Otherwise, it’s useless to tell anyone to avoid Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore: they’ll come to that conclusion fast enough if they try to watch the film.

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