Underdog, (U)

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Based on a Sixties cartoon series about a beagle with superhero powers, this is James Belushi's second outing with a crime-fighting mutt – K-9 being the first – and points to a worrying downward trajectory in his career. Far more surprising is the name of Jason Lee on the credits: one might have thought My Name is Earl had freed him from such indignities, but he's here voicing Underdog himself. Maybe Woody Allen was right: Hollywood isn't dog-eat-dog, it's dog doesn't return other dog's phonecalls.