Show Dogs (2018)
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Look this isnt going to be the best movie you will ever see but it is fun. Even as a 36 year old male I got a laugh from it. I saw this movie as part of a charity screening and I had alot of fun watching it. And to all those that are giving this a low rating because this childs movie does not live up to their supposed intellectual prowess..... You people really are to be pitied.
Max (voiced by Ludacris) is a Rottweiler working as a tough-as-nails NYC police dog. Max is tracking some rare animal smugglers when he runs into Frank (Will Arnett), an FBI agent working on the same case. Max's human supervisor convinces a reluctant Frank to work with Max on their joint venture. The two new partners develop a love-hate relationship as they follow the clues to Las Vegas, where they believe an international dog show there is being used as a front by the animal traffickers. A dog groomer named Mattie (Natasha Lyonne) works with Frank as he poses as a dog handler participating in the competition. Of course, Max is forced to endure the indignities of a primped pooch paraded about during the various challenges in the dog show as he does his own undercover work. Along the way, Max gets help from an unhinged former champion named Dante (Alan Cumming) and a fellow participant named Daisy (Jordin Sparks). RuPaul, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O'Neal and Stanley Tucci also voice CGI dogs, while Anders Holm, Blake Anderson and Kate Micucci voice a trio of pigeons who are fans of Max.
"Show Dogs" is cute, clever, comedic and compassionate. Sure, this movie could be seen as just another man and mutt police pairing, in the vein of "Turner and Hooch" and "K9" (both from 1989), or a hairy rehash of 2000's "Miss Congeniality", but those comparisons really do a disservice to this delightful comedy. The story is simple enough for most kids to follow, but involved enough to hold the interest of most adults. The voice work is great and the performances and plot combine to make for a very enjoyable (mostly) family-friendly film. "A-"
Think "Miss Congeniality" meets "Homeward Bound" and you won't be disappointed.
Anyway, for most, it's very far fetched to construe from the scenes in question, that the intent was to groom children to accept unwanted touching. The suggestion was that a child may relate to Max in his anthropomorphic form. Everyone including the experts failed to mention Max is an independent minded alpha male 'adult' - so how I ask myself can a dependent child associate themselves with a stubborn grizzled independent adult like Max? Besides, those who watched it with kids say it goes straight over their heads anyway. For me, it's an innocent film.
When you consider that sexual politics in real life, which involves adults trying to educate other people's children from preschool age concerning sexuality, gender and other issues - the public is being effectively groomed in an offensive social experiment. Children are being directly exposed to adult activism and a lot of inappropriate subject matter. Thanks to political correctness, people are too afraid to discuss or say anything about anything because everyone is looking for ways to be offended.
Thanks therefore for a film that is a bit of a light relief from the depravity of real life modern day planet earth.
What comes across is child-like escapism from a director and a crew that obviously wanted to make fun with dogs, and to make a poke at dog shows in general. That for me was way better than all the Deadpools and Marvel slaughter fests, good as they may be for their entertainment and production merits. Too much desensitization to sexual, sado-masochistic sanitized glorified violence seems to make everyone hungry for more, and contributes to the desensitization process. That must be more harmful.
The characters in Show Dogs, and their canine counterparts ham it up like mad and seem to be enjoying it. Sadly, modern critics are 'too grown up' and may fail to get that. They become haters, trite, looking for the next thing to stick their knives into and spoil for everyone.
The conclusion is for me, take the film for what it was intended, i.e. a bit of innocent light hearted fun. Don't go in if you are expecting an Oscar winning piece of literary prose. If you are an adult, go watch even without the kids, and you may even surprise yourself for enjoying it a lot.
Yep - it's another live action, talking dogs movie where the animals (and most of the women) are a lot smarter than the men. There are enough laughs in it to keep both the children and the parents amused. It does make fun of itself too. Most of the other user reviews are highly polarised between 1s and 10s but I think the truth is in between.
There were news articles around at launch time that two scenes were going to be cut because they might, 'normalise groping.' When I watched the movie in the UK well after launch those scenes seemed to be still in it. In a dog show a vet will check all the animal's assets from teeth to tail and Max has to stay calm while the medic confirms that he's still got his nuts. The movie, 'Best in Show,' has the same gag and I don't think children will necessarily understand why it's funny. So; something else for you parents to explain, but hey: you're used to that.
I liked: the animation, the cute pooches, the tiger and the out-takes at the end. I didn't like: The pigeons plus there are parts of the movie that have some extremely tight editing, the dialogue is too fast and any joke is thrown away.
If you're a dog person add 1 point. If you're a cat person subtract 2 points.
Luda plays Max, a tough as nails NYPD dog who teams up with Will Arnett, whose obviously trying to not make Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows his worse movie (He failed cause this movie out shines Turtles 2 100 percent). Together in a not so uncanny buddy cop movie (cause they did do it in Turner and Hooch) they go under cover as dog show contestants to find an animal smuggler.
Realistic, this movie is stupid, that's a given, but what it has going for it is that it knows how stupid it is, and with that knowledge you can't help but to laugh at the dumbness going on.
There are so many points in the movie that are just so foolish, but you can't help but to smirk. It's like Ludacris is taking the role so seriously that the whole thing is...Ludacris (he does the same pun in the film), and I can't help myself.
So yeah, Show Dogs is bad, but it's definitely worth seeing. It will make you laugh!
View on the film:
Continuing his "oeuvre" of talking dog movies, director Raja Gosnell & cinematographer David Mackie give the flick a breezy, family friendly atmosphere of slap-stick farting dog gags for the kids, and light spoofing of the dog show/fashion events (such as a pointed gag on specialist breeding for best in shows.) for adults. Putting CGI faces over real animals, Gosnell makes the blending look impressively smooth,with Max's somersaults being very stylish, and the action scenes being given a bone-chewing crunch by Gosnell by keeping all the car chases and paw-fighting at the camera level of the animals.
Taking the fur of Miss Congeniality'with a heist,the screenplay by Max Botkin and Marc Hyman take the film for a great,bonkers walkies of all the animals being able to speak and understand English perfectly (!) and humans at least being somewhat aware of this,with Max being given the full details to the case by police officer Frank. Surprisingly not going too sickly sweet with the message of respecting choices people (or in this case,animals) dedicate their lives to (with the soon to be cut scenes being where Max realises how dedicated others are to the dog show.) The writers bring a warmth to Frank (a likeable Will Arnett) and Max's (voiced by a ruff and ready Ludacris) friendship by continuing with the weirdness of both of them almost being able to chat to each other,and planning how to stop the heist like buddy cops,and set their sights on showing the show dogs whose boss.