Show Dogs is not a movie for children. Or adults. It is in fact rated PG, but this rating is deceptive. There are blatant, explicit instances of inappropriate behavior consistently throughout the movie.
Show Dogs stars Will Arnett as FBI Agent Frank, who employs Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, as a Rottweiler police dog, in investigating the disappearance of a panda bear. The Rottweiler goes undercover as a show dog in a prestigious dog show in Las Vegas. Aside from being morally, intellectually, and emotionally bankrupt, the movie is altogether cinematically bankrupt as well. The acting is below average and not in an entertainingly ironic way, but just uninterestingly bad. The story is predictable and the pacing is rushed.
Aside from being a logistical mess, the main issue with the movie is that it is marketed toward children but is in no way appropriate for a young audience.
According to CNN,
“Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film ‘Show Dogs’ that some have deemed not appropriate for children,” a statement from the studio said.
“The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating.”
The company added: “We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of ‘Show Dogs’ sent an inappropriate message.”
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) took aim at “Show Dogs” because it claimed certain scenes normalized “unwanted genital touching to its child audience,” according to a statement from the group released on Tuesday.
And these concerns are justified. The beginning of the movie involves an inferred sexual relationship between a pigeon and a dog. The main dog, has his behind waxed in a montage of Frank touching him inappropriately and repeatedly while being told to go to a happy place to accept it. And while putting his behind in another dog’s face says, “You like the view? Bikini wax.”
The police dog goes on to say, “Grow some balls, I’ll do it alone.” “This is b.s.” While the dog is being inappropriately handled again by the judge a song plays, “Girl look at that body”. And after the inspection is over a song plays, “I’m sexy and I know it.”
Now, dog shows may very well inspect dogs in this area, but the way the movie portrays it is grossly suggestive and highly inappropriate for children and doesn’t even make sense for the movie. It’s not humorous to any degree, and it doesn’t serve the plot in any way. It makes one wonder why it’s even in the movie if not for more nefarious reasons like proxy normalization of such behavior.
Later when Frank and the dog are trying to break into a warehouse, Frank says the only way to get him into the warehouse is by pushing his private parts to get him through a window then the dog says, “Just be liftin, don’t be squeezing.”
For an industry that is suddenly concerned with the moral high ground, Hollywood seems supremely self-contradictory in allowing a movie like this to even be made. It’s gratuitously inappropriate for younger audiences and has no worth to any degree as a movie and is not only not worth watching but Show Dogs is a movie to consciously avoid.
Article Written By Nick Murillo
eParisExtra.com Movie Reviewer