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    Show Dogs

    Release date: May 18, 2018
    Studio: Global Road Entertainment
    Director: Raja Gosnell
    MPAA Rating: PG (for suggestive and rude humor, language and some action)
    Screenwriter: Max Botkin
    Genre: Comedy, Family
    Website: ShowDogs-movie.com| Facebook| Twitter| Instagram

    Starring: Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, Shaquille O'Neal, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci

    Plot Summary: "Show Dogs" is a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Arnett) and his canine partner (voice of Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), who has to go undercover at the world's most exclusive dog show to solve his biggest case yet.



     
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    “Disturbing,” “Troubling,” “Wrong”: Why Show Dogs Has Parents Up in Arms

    https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/show-dogs-movie-controversy

    The PG-rated film about talking dogs has alarmed parents and anti-sexual exploitation groups—but its makers deny there was any “hidden or ulterior meaning” in its most controversial scene.

    On the surface, the movie—a canine-flavored riff on Miss Congeniality—is innocuous enough. It stars Ludacris as a police dog named Max who has to go undercover in a fancy dog show. In order to blend in, Max must get accustomed to the rituals of the competition—including the part when his genitals get inspected as part of his overall performance. As such, the film includes a scene in which the judges “inspect” Max—one that “grooms” children for sexual predators, according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

    In response to their objections, the makers of Show Dogs have released an apology and an explanation for the scene.

    “It has come to our attention that there have been online discussion and concern about a particular scene in Show Dogs, a family comedy that is rated PG,” the statement, per Entertainment Weekly, begins. “The dog show judging in this film is depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world; and was performed by professional and highly respected dog show judges. Global Road Entertainment and the filmmakers are saddened and apologize to any parent who feels the scene sends a message other than a comedic moment in the film, with no hidden or ulterior meaning, but respect their right to react to any piece of content.”

    Several film critics also noted in their reviews how uncomfortable the scene is. Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of the N.C.O.S.E., subsequently released the following statement condemning the scene:

    “The movie Show Dogs sends a troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse. It contains multiple scenes where a dog character must have its private parts inspected, in the course of which the dog is uncomfortable and wants to stop but is told to go to a ‘zen place.’ The dog is rewarded with advancing to the final round of the dog show after passing this barrier. Disturbingly, these are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children—telling them to pretend they are somewhere else, and that they will get a reward for withstanding their discomfort. Children’s movies must be held to a higher standard, and must teach children bodily autonomy, the ability to say ‘no’ and safety, not confusing messages endorsing unwanted genital touching.”


     
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    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    Took our 8 and 6 year old boys. Never thought for a second that it was inappropriate. But it was a terrible movie.
     
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