Show Dogs — A Film

Here is another live-action speaking creature film. Those always end well.

Synopsis: Max, a macho, lone Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped series dog at a prestigious Dog Party, together with his own partner, to avert a disaster from occurring.  (IMDB)

Starring:Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne, and Ludacris

Writers:Max Botkin and Marc Hyman

Director:Raja Gosnell

Rating: G (Canada)/ / PG (United States)

Running Time:92mins


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Live-action talking creature films have experienced a history and this new live-action talking creature film isn’t likely to change that. These pictures are typically geared towards kids but the problem with that is it will make more questions from the ending because of a somewhat unsettling fascination with dog privates. Many adults, however, will find themselves exhausted or at a semi-permanent condition of cringe while watching obnoxious characters provide terrible and mostly unfunny conversation whilst being loudly like being loudly somehow makes it funnier.

Nothing about this film should come as much of a surprise to anybody as the movie’s humor consisted of this lowbrow humor we’ve come to anticipate delivered in such an annoying way which makes it even less humorous. The humor was also quantity over quality because the figures never seemed to stop speaking. The story wasn’t overly first , pretty much a generic detective/buddy cop film with the added wrinkle of this turned into a guy named Frank (Arnett) and a dog named Max (Ludacris) paired together. The derivative and contrived nature of this story took away most of the enjoyment that could have been had made it a chore to see.

While the movie’s saving grace could have become the critters themselves, they looked economical for the most part. Even the lip-syncing was distracting sometimes and other moves looked clumsy since the story often needed them to do things that dogs do not generally do for some reason. Additionally, a major focal point of this story was a baby panda which reeked of obvious CGI. The creature characters were excruciating but the paper-thin human characters weren’t that much better. They functioned more as plot devices than real characters since the story belonged to the critters over it did the people. The film would have been better served if the opposite was the situation.

The acting was mediocre at best but most the blame belonged to the atrocious script and mediocre direction (What would you expect from the manager of this Scooby-Doo live-action films and Beverly Hills Chihuahua?) . Regardless of the voice cast assembledthe voice acting isn’t just as good as the substance and also in this situation, the substance was so terrible. This carried on to the human actors who delivered slightly greater performances despite appearing just as lifeless as the animals. Arnett seemed disinterested as Frank while getting little to no chemistry whatsoever together with Max. Lyonne as a puppy trainer named Mattie seemed just as sporadically. Not one of the people played the critters very well at all since they felt at odds with one another that shouldn’t occur in a film in this way.

Overall, this is a dreadful live-action family film that surprisingly got a theatrical release. There is not much to be here with a derivative and unfunny story filled with cheap-looking, loud, and obnoxious animal characters and lifeless human ones in addition to an dreadful script and mediocre management so in case it ain’t broke, do not fix it.

Score: 2.5/10

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