Volume 94, Issue 87
Wednesday, March 7, 2001
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Arquette's latest one for the dogs - See Spot Run not worth the admission price
Photo by Alan Markfield
HE COURTENEY, DO YOU THINK I COULD MAYBE GET A JOB ON FRIENDS? David Arquette makes an emergency phone call to save his career in a scene from See Spot Run.
See Spot Run
Starring: David Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Sorvino
Directed By: John Whitesell
By Anne Lee
See movie. See movie suck.
An endless string of cliches, a soundtrack that includes "The Hamster Dance" and too many offensive stereotypes to count all in a movie starring David Arquette see moviegoer run!
Script, actors, director, soundtrack, you name it, See Spot Run has a problem with it.
The plot is the film's major weakness. Instead of an integrated story, it seems more like two plots spliced together for the sake of a picture perfect ending. The first is centered around Agent 11, an FBI canine who gets a hit put on him by mob boss Sonny Talia (Paul Sorvino) after a rather disturbing attack by Agent 11 on Sonny's "family jewels." The chase is on, with two classic mafia goofballs in pursuit.
Meanwhile, Gordon, an incompetent mailman (David Arquette), attempts to impress the blonde goddess down the hall by babysitting her son, James, while she is out of town. Inevitably, the super-dog meets the super-idiot. Hilarity does not ensue.
Consisting solely of overused movie conventions, it seems as though See Spot Run's writers operated entirely on the consulting expertise of the Idiot's Guide to Exhausted Movie Script Formulas.
Your stock characters, from the desirable girl-next-door to her sleazy boyfriend, the cutie-pie kid, the sidekick roommate and of course, the heroic dog, are all accounted for in this movie. So too are the standard plot elements of the missing babysitter, the dog chase, the man-to-man bonding of Gordon and James, and the predictable ending.
It's a mystery why acclaimed actors Michael Clarke Duncan and Paul Sorvino chose to be in this movie. But instead of being the saving graces of the film, they contribute wholly to the film's mediocrity. The acting in See Spot Run is so obviously exaggerated that WWF Smackdown looks believable in comparison.
First-time director John Whitesell also has the annoying habit of overusing close-up shots. Just how many times do we have to see Arquette squint into the camera?
The movie is also drawn out much too long. The supposedly central characters of Gordon and the dog do not even meet until 40 minutes into the film. Two pointless secondary stories also prolong the boredom, as do several scenes that are supposed to highlight Arquette's comedic talent. The plot advances as slow as a tortoise on mushrooms, resulting in a movie that lasts far too long for its own good.
Besides the length of the movie, the objectionable jokes make this movie totally inappropriate for its target audience of children. Blacks, Chinese, deaf and disabled people, mobsters and postal workers are all associated with negative stereotypes. Disgusting scenes concerning fecal matter, castration and flashing, also raise the questionable factor quite high. .
See Spot Run could have succeeded by focusing on the cuteness of the child, the amazing abilities of the dog, or comedic talent of Arquette.
Unfortunately, the film severely lacks in all three aspects.
You would be well advised not to see Spot, unless you want to see Spot flop.
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