Film: K-9

K-9 is a 1989 thriller-comedy film starring James Belushi and Mel Harris, and directed by Rod Daniel.

Michael Dooley (Belushi) has a problem: He's been tagged for execution by a major international drug dealer named Lyman. In order to help him put Lyman away for good and thereby save his bacon, Dooley's friend Brannigan (Ed O'Neill) gives him a drug-sniffing police dog named Jerry Lee (played by a real-life police dog named Koton), with whose aid Dooley attempts to put Lyman in prison for good. Now Dooley has another problem: Jerry Lee is a Deadpan Snarker with a mind of his own.

K-9 received mixed reviews and was followed by two direct-to-video sequels, K-911 and K-9: P.I.

Not to be confused with the occasional robotic companion of Doctor Who, nor with said tin dog's eponymous spinoff series.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Groin Attack: Threatened. Tough guys tend to get real chatty when they have their junk in a police dog's jaws.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Dooley's girlfriend Tracey is kidnapped, the captain points out that it was Dooley's "seat of the pants bullshit" that got Tracey involved in the first place. At the very least, the stunts Dooley pulled to antagonize Lyman at every turn, such as holding him and his guests at gunpoint during a dinner party, didn't help.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Towards the end of the movie, Jerry Lee is shot, and Dooley takes him into a human emergency room for treatment. The surgeon initially refuses to operate, until Dooley threatens to shoot him if he doesn't.