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From the director of Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Scooby-Doo comes a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Will Arnett) and his canine partner (voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), who must go undercover at the world's most exclusive dog show and recruit an all-star cast of animal helpers to solve their biggest case yet. Starring Will Arnett, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, Shaquille O'Neal, Alan Cumming, and Stanley Tucci. The Daily Beagle says Show Dogs is "A Mutt-See!"
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Critics Consensus: Show Dogs may entertain very young viewers, but for anyone else, it threatens the cinematic equivalent of a rolled-up newspaper on the snout.
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Common Sense Says
Talking-animal buddy comedy dogged by controversy.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Show Dogs is a talking-animal comedy starring Will Arnett as an FBI agent who teams up with Max, a New York City police dog (voiced by Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges), to find smugglers who stole a baby panda. The partners must enter a prestigious dog show in Las Vegas to track down the culprits. There's some vaguely suggestive humor about Max's alpha-male status, scatological (i.e. fart) jokes, and iffy/crude language like "grow some balls." One controversial plot point centers on Max's genitals being examined as preparation for the final part of the dog show (where it will be part of the required examination); he clearly doesn't like the experience and is coached on how to get through it ("go to your happy place"), which some viewers see as being uncomfortably close to the experience of sexual abuse. Due to the outcry over these scenes, the studio released a slightly edited version, but there are still images of Max being touched by his human partner and, briefly, a show judge; the "happy place" line also remains. (According to the distributor, these scenes were edited further for the movie's home-viewing release.) Action/tense moments include car chases and other pursuits, an innocent dog being captured, and a villain and a police officer facing off with guns and having a fistfight.
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- Genre:Comedy, Family
- Release Date:May 18, 2018
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD