Chances are you’ve heard of the The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Chances are, as well, you’ve seen images of at least some of the winners. Petaluma Films has produced an entertaining documentary about this contest – Worst In Show.
I must admit I’ve never been one much for contests, especially one about beauty or the lack of. At least not since I was a little girl and watched Miss America each year. And although I’ve seen the articles, photos and comments about recent Ugliest Dog winners, I felt a bit put-off by it all. Who can’t help but feel sorry for these dogs who are intentionally called ugly, then traipsed around the country for the 15 minutes of fame their owner, I mean the dogs, get? It just all seemed so wrong to me.
That withstanding, I realize this contest and the people who enter their dogs into it are a reality. And many people find an attraction of sorts to viewing these dogs, albeit maybe like they gawk at car wrecks. Whatever the reasons behind it all, I do accept it is something that some people find quite entertaining.
I’ve just had the opportunity to view the documentary about this, and was in for a pleasant surprise. Worst in Show covers the evolution of the contest as it became more popular, interspersed with segments about various contestants – the dogs and their humans. Honestly, I can’t tell which I find more intriguing, the dogs or the people!
This is a thoroughly enjoyable show. By switching between the contestants and the story behind the growth of the contest itself, it keeps a lively pace that has you glued throughout. The stories behind running the contest, problems they encountered and even cheaters, are fascinating.
The dogs, and their humans, are wildly entertaining. You get a behind-the-scenes and away from the contest view of them, and by the end feel as if you know them. There is no commentary regarding the human behavior, other than from other contestants, which leaves your mind busy with its own thoughts about it all. Oh, and there’s some great music, too.
Perhaps best of all is the tribute to rescue dogs that plays out through the scenes, and the inherent message of their value shines through. That, as you know, is a subject near and dear to us, and I found it heartwarming that something like an ugly dog contest could lead to greater awareness about rescued pets.
As if the hourlong documentary weren’t enough, the additional specials on the DVD are well worth the watch, unlike some that just seem to be fluff.
If you love dogs, and you find yourself scratching your head about people sometimes – you’re gonna love this film. Worst In Show gets a two-thumbs/paws up here, from CindyLu and me! It is a must-see.
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