See Spot Run: Alan Markfield
Owen Gleiberman
February 28, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

See Spot Run

Current Status
In Season
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
David Arquette, Anthony Anderson, Leslie Bibb, Michael Clarke Duncan
John Whitesell
Village Roadshow, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Dan Baron

We gave it a F

Spot, a.k.a. Agent Eleven, the bull mastiff who’s a drug sniffing FBI ”agent” in See Spot Run, doesn’t have an especially funny, ugly, or expressive face. He isn’t vicious, and he doesn’t slobber or bark or show a naughty propensity for, say, trashing people’s living rooms. (Compared with this pooch, Tom Hanks’ drooling best friend in ”Turner & Hooch” was a mountain of personality.) He may be the nicest, gentlest, blandest canine to have ever enjoyed the privilege of getting a movie named after him.

David Arquette, a graduate of the bowwow school of comic acting, shows no such modesty. When he does a trick, like letting cereal dribble out of his mouth or grinning like a smarmy stoned idiot who expects to be loved simply for grinning like a smarmy stoned idiot, you don’t know whether to pet him or beat him with a rolled up newspaper. Personally, I’d say that it was about time Arquette was leashed.

A sub Adam Sandler ”family” caper movie, in which Arquette is teamed with a goofy tyke and with Agent Eleven, whom the Mob wants to whack (a contract out on a dog — ha ha!), ”See Spot Run” never gets going, but it’s dotted with strange seizures of humiliation. Michael Clarke Duncan, as Agent Eleven’s partner, is forced to pine for him like a giant child who has lost his daddy, and Arquette, at one point, spends several minutes trapped in a slip sliding duel with doggie doo, until he cries out in defeat, ”I’m covered in caca!” He certainly is; it’s called ”See Spot Run.”

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