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19th of July 2018


Little excitement in this dogs' tale

SHOW DOGS ★★(PG) 92 minutes

"Nobody makes talking dog movies any more," we're told in Show Dogs. This comes out of the mouth of a talking dog. That's about as witty as it gets in this unambitious family comedy, which is something of a throwback.

Show Dogs gives little paws for thought.

Show Dogs gives little paws for thought.

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The director is veteran Raja Gosnell, who oversaw the live-action Scooby Doo movies in the early 2000s, and finds a way to allude to that past achievement ― and to many other animal movies, including, bizarrely, Ang Lee's Life of Pi.

Fleeting homages aside, there's not a lot here for film buffs, or adults in general. The story follows Max (voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) a gruff rottweiler on the New York police force (his human partner is played by family movie stalwart Will Arnett, looking a little worse for wear).

To track down the kidnappers of a baby panda, Max goes undercover as a competitor at a national dog show (as Sandra Bullock did at a beauty pageant in Miss Congeniality).

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