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Parental Warning: Show Dogs

21 May Posted by in Articles, Film | Comments Off on Parental Warning: Show Dogs
Parental Warning: Show Dogs

by Lori Twichell

This morning my Facebook news feed is practically buzzing with a ton of articles about a new family movie that hit theaters this weekend. Show Dogs stars Will Arnett and Ludacris and is labeled a family adventure. Honestly, I hadn’t heard a lot about this movie. With teenagers in the house, a lot of our summer viewing has shifted. We’re focused a little more on titles like Avengers, Solo, Incredibles 2…so Show Dogs hadn’t come up on my radar until this morning. And really when it did, it popped up on that feed with a vengeance.

With the prevalence of the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, you would think that a movie about ‘touching private parts’ wouldn’t be able to make it very far past someone’s inbox in early script form. However, with the release of a new movie for kids called Show Dogs, it seems that Hollywood has shown that they aren’t quite as enlightened as they would like to be.

Here is the official synopsis of the movie from Rotten Tomatoes:

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.

My first thought was that it sounded a little like Miss Congeniality but with dogs. However, in my Facebook news feed this morning, I had no less than seven friends share this article written by Terina Maldonado of Macaroni Kid.  When I read it, I was absolutely floored.

Here’s part of what she had to say:

What could have been solely a fun movie for kids that would get my highest recommendation is damaged by a dark and disturbing message hidden, not so subtly between the fluffy dogs and glamorous parties of the show dog lifestyle.  As part of any dog show, contestants are judged on their abilities and physical attributes.  One part, in particular, is the inspection of the dog’s private parts.  Being that Max is new to competing, he needs to learn the process so his partner, Frank, along with a former show champion work to get him ready for the final round of the competition.  Since the inspection of the private parts will happen in the finals, Frank touches Max’s private parts to get him use to it.  Of course, Max doesn’t like it and snaps at Frank for him to stop.  Max is then told by the former champion, who has been through the process before, that he needs to go to his “zen place” while it happens so he can get through it.  More attempts are made by Frank to touch Max’s private parts, but Max is still having trouble letting it happen and keeps snapping at him.

The day of the finals come and if Max doesn’t let his private parts be touched, he may lose the competition and any hope of finding the kidnapped panda.  It all rests on his ability to let someone touch his private parts.  The judge’s hands slowly reach behind Max and he goes to his “zen place”.  He’s flying through the sky, dancing with his partner, there are fireworks and flowers-everything is great-all while someone is touching his private parts. 

I would encourage you to visit her site and read the entire article. 

I write movies for a living. I know how many revisions and changes a script goes through. Hundreds of people (quite literally) have read that script or had something to do with that production – and often before any part of it gets filmed!  I am absolutely stunned that no one anywhere seems to have applied the brakes and asked if this was an okay concept to teach kids.

Seriously folks, you have just put out a movie that states that in this arena, you can’t win unless you allow someone to violate you. Everyone does it. And it even teaches kids to zone out and go to a ‘happy place’ while someone is touching them. All the ribbons, hashtags and statements you make won’t help if you keep putting out films like this.

I have yet to see Show Dogs myself but based on what other parents are saying, this one’s gonna be a hard pass for me.

 

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