K-9 ranks with some of my favorite buddy cop action comedies from the '80s such as Beverly Hills Cop, Stakeout, Running Scared, Red Heat and 48hrs. Although the unique twist with this buddy cop formula is the cop is teamed with a police dog. James Belushi is very good in the role of detective Dooley not too much unlike his cop role in Red Heat but this time Belushi is carrying the film and he does a fine job of it. Dooley is a bit of a slobbish and unrespectable detective in the Sandiego police force who neglects his long suffering girlfriend (Mel Harris) and pisses his superiors due to his obsession with nailing an elusive and prominent socialite (Kevin Tighe) who Dooley suspects is smuggling drugs on the side. After a near attempt on his life by the bad guys Dooley is forced to squash his lone wolf attitude and take a partner. He decides to get around the issue by taking a police dog - a German shepherd named Jerry Lee - who turns out not to be as low maintenance as he thought as the dog is very uncooperative with him at first but and causes jealousy for Dooley as the dog competes for his girlfriends attention and aggravates him by interrupting his sex life, barking all night, leaving doody on his floor and tearing up his car. But these learn to respect and work together during situations like barfights, attempted assassinations and discovering how the villain is smuggling his drugs. Of course there's the obligatory girlfriend gets kidnap for ransom routine where the two cops go outside the law to get her back . Its not Oscar winning stuff here but its enjoyable nonetheless if you like this genre.