Show Dogs

Theatrical Release: May 18, 2018
Show Dogs


Max, a macho, solitary rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious dog show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

Dove Review is celebrating the positive action by Global Road Entertainment in responding to the outpouring of concern from moms around the country. We want to also acknowledge the Dove community, because thanks to you, and to other publishers raising their voices, we now have a new film in theaters this weekend!

We certainly don’t remember any other instance where a studio pulls back to re-edit a film post-release in response to their audience with such genuine intent. Show Dogs likely won’t win any Academy Awards, but we will award it out Dove Approved seal and encourage you (if you’re interested), to support the studio by going to see the new version of the film, without the failed attempt at over-the-top bathroom humor.

Here’s an article from USA Today, in case you want to catch up with the story.

Due to some courser language and themes worth considering, we award Show Dogs with Dove Approval for Ages 12+.

Content Description

Faith: A dog does pray to the Lord in one brief scene.
Integrity: An older dog helps a younger dog out with advice.
Sex: Offensive normalization of inappropriate fondling of private parts given the youthful-audience of the movie
Language: Da*n-2; "Son of a..." (not finished); Sh...(not finished); a few uses of "freakin'" and "turd" and mild usage of slang
Violence: Dogs exerience a few pitfalls as does an officer; a man shows a gun and then fires it; a propeller almost cuts up a panda; people are hit with objects; a few people are knocked unconscious; a person is scratched by a tiger although we don't see the actual moment; a dog bites a character in the rear, played for laughs.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage in a few scenes; shirtless man
Other: Tension between characters; dog flatulence; a dog named Karma makes comments and uses a Hindu greeting.


Company: Open Road Films
Director: Raja Gosnell
Genre: Children
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: PG