A documentary-style comedy following several eccentric dog
owners and their beloved pets as they compete for the coveted Mayflower Dog Show Cup. With
Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John
Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Patrick Cranshaw, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Bob
Balaban, Don Lake, Jim Piddock, Fred Willard and Ed Begley Jr. [1:30]
SEX/NUDITY 4- Nearly all instances are played for laughs: Lots of sexual
innuendo and several kisses, a couple of which are passionate (one is between two women).
During a counseling session, a woman describes being in a sexual position with her
husband. A dog humps a man's lower leg. We see a photograph of a cross-dressing male
spanking what appears to be another cross-dressing male's buttocks (his buttocks, which
are possibly bare, are seen from the side). A man comments on a woman's breasts. Two women
wear cleavage-revealing tops in nearly every scene they're in; also, we see a man's bare
chest through his open shirt (he's also wearing boxer shorts).
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Nearly all instances are played for laughs: A woman trips
and falls face-first onto the ground; she limps badly and is later seen with a bandage and
icepack on her knee. A man gives a graphic description of the death of a person who jumped
from a building. A dog unexpectedly jumps up on a woman, frightening her. A woman yells at
a several people in a few scenes; in one scene she also smacks a man with an animal toy. A
man threatens to harm a boy who's sitting on top of a garage holding a dog wearing a
parachute (it's implied the boy is going to drop the dog to the ground; we don't see
anything else happen, and the dog is not harmed).
PROFANITY 3 - A couple of anatomical references, a couple of scatological
references (plus a few mild scatological references), a few mild obscenities, a religious
obscenity, and several uses of what some might consider a vulgar reference to a female
dog. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dog shows, competition, dysfunctional marriages, dealing
with a promiscuous past, homosexuality (and stereotypical portrayals of homosexuals).
MESSAGE - Some people take dog shows very seriously (which can be quite
funny to the rest of us).