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Show Dogs is a 2018 buddy cop dog movie directed by Raja Gosnell (director of The Smurfs live-action movies and the Scooby-Doo movies) and starring Will Arnett and Ludacris.
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Frank (Arnett) is a cop who goes undercover with his dog partner Max (Ludacris) to infiltrate a crime ring that steals valuable animals in order to sell them off to the highest bidder behind the scenes of a dog show.

The trailer can be viewed here.


Show Dogs has examples of the following:

  • Dull Surprise: Pretty much all the performances in the film are lifeless.
  • Happy Place: An unintentionally disturbing example. In order for Max to endure having his genitals touched during the dog show, he goes through this trope, with his happy place being a parody of Dirty Dancing where he dances with Frank.
  • Orwellian Retcon: The Happy Place scene and the scenes leading up to it were removed for the theatrical release after the second week and for the home release after complaints were made about it.
  • Partially Civilized Animal: The animals in the film can talk and some display anthropomorphic behaviour; for instance, the film features a scene of a dog dabbing.
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  • Shout-Out: The film features a lot of pop-culture-related humor; one joke involves a tiger making a Life of Pi reference.
  • Talking Animal: A weird take on this trope. Animals can talk to each other, but they can't be understood by humans. However, some animals are treated as if they are understood by the humans around them, despite the fact that they can't. Max, for example, doesn't have a handler at the precinct he works at, until he partners up with Frank and can partake in meetings without people really noticing.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Two pigeons manage to follow Max from New York to Las Vegas over the course of a day. Pigeons can only travel up to 700 miles in single day at up to 90 mph, yet these two manage to fly over 2,000 miles in the span of 24 hours.

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