Worst in Show

Worst in Show

The World's Ugliest Dog

DVD - 2011
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Every summer, proud dog owners bring their canine companions to Petaluma, California, to compete for a highly coveted title. No, this isn't your standard Best in Show championship; this is the contest for the World's Ugliest Dog. This fascinating documentary takes viewers behind the scenes at a contest where the competitors never fail to impress. Equally impressive is the care and devotion of their human counterparts, all of whom prove that love goes beyond skin deep.
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures, c2011
Branch Call Number: 636.70811 WORST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in

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Derringer
Jun 17, 2016

And, as that old, familiar saying goes - "Ugly (like beauty) is in the eyes of the beholder."

Considering what this documentary's subject was all about (a contest in search of the world's ugliest dog) - I certainly thought that this particular presentation could have been a whole lot better than it (unfortunately) turned out to be. I'm not kidding.

Yes. There certainly were some very entertaining moments in "Worst In Show", but, as things moved along, I quickly found that I just couldn't warm up to some of the irksome personalities of a number of the dog-owners who were in my face here for a good part of the time.

Generally speaking - "Worst In Show" was a fairly mediocre production, on all counts.

If this presentation had been handled more professionally (and not focused on the bickering of certain dog-owners), then, yes, I think "Worst In Show" would have been a helluva lot more enjoyable to watch, in the long run.

Anyway - See for yourself. You just might think differently than I do.

(*Be sure to watch video*)

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 15, 2016

"And the winner for ugliest dog is ..............!!"

Welcome to the dog-eat-dog world (or should I say "dog-owner-eat-dog-owner" world) of jealous, petty, publicity-grabbing pet-owners who smugly enter their ghastly-looking pooches into the "World's Ugliest Dog" contest.

For starters - This "Ugliest Dog In The World" documentary lost itself some serious points when it came to the introduction of some of the most irritating and downright asinine dog-owners imaginable.

This documentary also lost itself further significant points due to the fact (which I found quite disturbing) that a good number of the dogs presented in this contest weren't dogs who were just plain "dog-ugly" because of a specialized breeding (like the Chinese Crested) - No - These were unfortunate dogs who were deemed "ugly" due to having a very grotesque physical deformity. I kid you not.

Like - "Hello!?" - If you ask me - That, from my perspective, rendered a good number of the dog-owners (who were shamelessly highlighted in this decidedly disappointing documentary) as being a truly contemptible bunch. And, so, that, of course, left me with no choice but to reduce my ranking of "Worst in Show" to just a measly 1.5-star rating. Oh. Yes. Indeed.

aaa5756 Aug 24, 2014

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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Jasta
Aug 17, 2014

I have four pets. You know a documentary is BAD when it bores the hell out of it's targeted audience. I am an animal lover, and I couldn't even stay awake. They somehow steer focus away from anything visually interesting and make this movie about internet bugs, voting stats and poorly run contests and not one good look at a cute ugly dog. LAME!

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akirakato
Mar 28, 2014

This is a 2011 58-minute documentary that examines the many ways our society defines beauty and takes you behind the scenes at an event where
the competitors never fail to impress.
It seems to me that the ugliness of the pet is NOT really ugly to its owner.
It is a fascinating, funny and entartaining documentary.

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mjayh
Jan 05, 2013

As a documentary, this is worst in show.

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dprodrig
Sep 10, 2012

An interesting look at the Ugliest Dog circuit, including the odd and fun personalities that take part in the competition. Also interesting discussions on what is Ugly? And the surprising discovery that medically untreated dogs were only a recent exclusion from these competitions.

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