A parent reviewer for the Macaroni Kid website took her kids to see an advanced screening of the movie “Show Dogs” and was very disturbed by something in the movie.
“The premise is great for a kids movie. Max is a talking police dog who is paired up with a human partner to infiltrate a prestigious dog show and rescue a kidnapped baby panda. …….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 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…….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 that he needs to go to his “zen place” while it happens so he can get through it……If Max doesn’t let his private parts be touched, he may lose the competition and any hope of finding the kidnapped panda.”
The reviewer goes on to say…”Max’s success is riding on whether or not he lets a stranger touch his private parts. Newsflash, folks: THIS IS CALLED GROOMING and it’s what sexual predators do to kids."