I don't know the exact origins of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, but it's probably safe to assume that it's the kind of project that was assigned to a couple of screenwriters by the studio to make a quick buck, not some Great American Screenplay that Ron J. Friedman and Steve Bencich have been working on in their spare time over the past nine years. Keeping that in mind, Cats & Dogs: TROKG is a minor miracle as a kids' flick sequel -- a nearly forgotten, seemingly one-joke property given a new leash on life by its playful, zippy screenplay.

You can tell Friedman and Bencich had fun bouncing gags off of one another in the writing process, to the point that even the most awful, obvious gags are still delivered with some small amount of charm. The audience may groan and roll their eyes, but they'll be ready for the next joke, be it hit or miss, mimicking the rhythms of a well-made parody film. And, dare I say it, Cats & Dogs: TROKG is a well-made parody film, sinking its canines into spy genre cliches with gleeful abandon, in a way that its predecessor never quite did.
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