The Karate Dog

2004 PG 1h 24m DVD

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The Karate Dog

2004 PG 1h 24m DVD
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Sent to investigate a murder in Chinatown, LAPD computer expert Peter Fowler (Simon Rex) is dismayed to discover that the only witness is the dead man's dog. But Cho Cho (voiced by Chevy Chase) is no ordinary mutt -- not only can he talk to people, but he's a butt-kicking kung fu expert. Together, Fowler and Cho Cho hunt for the killer, proving once and for all that a dog is man's best friend.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
  • Jon Voight
  • Chevy Chase
  • Simon Rex
  • Jaime Pressly
  • Pat Morita
  • Ron Lester
  • Bonnie Paul
  • Ed Anders
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this TV movie has a few scenes of actual, people-on-people violence, including the beginning, when Karate Dog's master is killed by masked assassins, and one scene in which Karate Dog is wrestled away to the pound by a gratuitous animal control officer. When Karate Dog is fighting, the scenes look more like a video game than anything else and are less frightening -- but no less violent. There's also mild sexual innuendo, mostly among the dogs, of a sort that might be difficult to explain to young kids.

Sexual Content

Mild innuendo, mostly among talking dogs.


A murder, a rough dog-catching scene, and far less karate than you'd expect. Karate scenes including Karate Dog look more like a video game than anything else, but are still violent.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The hero and his girl are portrayed as the only hard-working cops on the force, with the rest lazy creeps who kowtow to anyone with money.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The bad guy is taking a "formula" that makes him younger, stronger, faster ... and crazier.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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