Jul 302010

http://media-files.gather.com/images/d690/d470/d746/d224/d96/f3/full.jpgCats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a movie for the entire family. It is an action-packed, star-studded movie for kids of all ages with lots of humor and thrill. The battle over earth continues in this sequel to the 2001 movie Cats & Dogs as the cats and dogs continue to battle each other as well as common enemies.

The surprise in this Cats and Dogs sequel is the teamwork that takes place across animal species. If you peel through the layers of action and comedy you will find a movie about building teamwork despite differences, as well as accepting each other and our dissimilarities to reach a greater good.

This was the first time that my entire family (two adults plus three boys ages 7, 4 and 12 months) attended a movie in the theater together, and it turned out to be a great experience. I will admit that I had a bit anxiety over printing out tickets at home through Fandango, but everything went smoothly, and I can definitely recommend buying your tickets in advance through Fandango.

The baby fell asleep in my arms before the movie even started, and he did not wake up until two minutes before the movie ended. My oldest son was spellbound by the flying cats and dogs on the screen, and while my four-year-old son had a hard time sitting still for so long, he still enjoyed every single second of the movie and the action on screen kept him out of trouble. The action part was definitely the favorite amongst the male members of my family, while I personally appreciated the storyline about teamwork.

It was quite interesting to see Catt Williams, the popular comedian, rapper and actor, play a prominent role in the movie as the pigeon Seamus, an obvious outsider but still a major part of the team. Williams’ humor pierced through the scenes of Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore on several occasions, and it was sure way to get the adult audience laughing.

While the reasoning behind combining adult humor with child favorites is a legit one, I do feel that the combination at times left out the younger audience. Still, the action and the lovable characters including Catherine the cat, (voice Christina Applegate) and the charming shepherd Diggs (voice James Marsden) captivated and maintained the attention of the little ones throughout the movie.

Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is sure to become a favorite among my boys, and they have not stopped talking about the movie since we left the theater. However, as a parent it did seem a bit dislocated at times, since the plot of the movie seemed to struggle a bit with trying to please everyone in the family.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore gets 3 1/2 out of 5 stars from my family.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to review Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore from participating in the Mommy Matinee Movie reviewer program at Gather.com, but I received no other compensation. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.

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