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Worst in Show (2011)

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The camera is cast on the competitors in the annual "Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest" which takes place each summer in Petaluma, CA.

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Credited cast:
Herself - Rascal Fan
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Jonathan Adler ...
Miles Egstad ...
Icky Theuglydog ...


The camera is cast on the competitors in the annual "Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest" which takes place each summer in Petaluma, CA.

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Beauty is the beast
10 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The documentary follows the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, an annual contest held in Petaluma, California. Many people in different walks of life come to Petaluma looking to lay claim for the title of "The World's Ugliest Dog'. There is a list of characters like the 2002 winner Rascal, the veteran owned by actor Dane Andrew of Sunnyvale, California. Dane Andrew is borderline someone who wants to attains celebrity status at any cost through his pets. He really wants Rascal to win through self- publicity and promoting by going to celebrity's events, media outlooks and winning chest full of rewards. He is over the top competitor who probably taking the contest too far. Very self-absorbed, he has made an enemy of the owner of the 2009 champion Pabst. A boxer mix owned by Miles Egstad who ended the seven-year reign held by the Chinese Crested breed. While Miles enjoy his 15 minutes of fame, he doesn't take the contest too serious. They are join with other competitors such as Icky, a rookie dog owned by John Adler whom Mohawk match that of the owner. Another is Winston, who bears a scar across his head from Hurricane Katrina. His owner, Ashley, hopes winning the contest will spread the word about rescue dogs. Last is Princess Abby, a chihuahua with a hunched and peculiar walk due to that her back legs are longer than her front (which allows her to have moments of bipedalism), a missing eye, and mismatched ears. Kathleen Francis is the owner of Abby, a widow trying to get over her partner suicide by living through her dog. The movie also tackles the history of the event, by showing us with interviews with the owner of Sam, a blind Chinese Crested dog who voted the world's ugliest dog three times in a row, from 2003 through 2005 that made the event famous and well known. Then there was 2008 World's Ugliest Dog Winner named Gus that controversial win cause uproar in the pet community due to the fact that it was dying from Cancer. Some people felt morality that dogs that are sick shouldn't be the contest, because it prevent the owners to correct unhealthy features cause by disease, and mocks them. The perception of ugliness can be mistaken as mocking as the documentary tackle this issue. It's surprising for this movie to have an very low IMDb count, it should be higher. If anything could be held against the film, it would be the structure, as the competition part end mid part, and the rest of the movie is just profiling another dog and it's owner. The owner should had been integrated earlier to build a more natural progression to the plot and create a more effective climax. Though the tacked-on tale is touching, pretty much all the drama is basically over at that point, so you're just hanging around waiting for it to end. The DVD might cause a problem as there are no audio options or subtitles. Other than that, I can't figure out why it's so low. From the outside view, it might looks like they are making fun of the dogs of their appearance. As it shows in the documentary, these owners really do love their pets. Unlike the Best of Show, there is not discrimination against non- purebreds mutts. Mutts are allowed to participate in it. That's what makes this documentary worth watching. There was much love to the pets by their owners. None of them seems abuse by their caretakers. Every dog has it's day, even the ugly ones.

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