The Queen's Corgi

Movie review by
Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media
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"Family" comedy has crass jokes and sexual innuendo.
  • PG
  • 2020
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Mixed. Positive themes include standing up to bullies, conquering your fears, working as a team, and sticking up for your friends. But there are also negative messages -- like hurting others to get what you want, using your sexuality to make an impression, and placing value on social status.

Positive Role Models & Representations

At the animal shelter there's a friendly camaraderie among the stray dogs; Jack is warm and welcoming toward newcomer Rex. Other characters are less positive, portrayed variously as fickle, ruthless, promiscuous, or aggressive. Some of the dogs fulfill gender stereotypes. 

Violence

Slapstick violence, with some peril and the suggestion of pain being inflicted. There's an after-hours "fight club" at the animal shelter. One of the dogs is intimidating and aggressive -- verbally abusing and physically attacking another.

Sex

Flirting between the dogs, sexual innuendo, and references to mating. One dog is covered in make-up and struts around in a showy way. In one scene, two dogs go inside a carriage that starts to rock back and forth to the sound of loud kissing. One dog is introduced as an exotic dancer and performs for a roomful of other dogs. In one scene, there's a play on Donald Trump's crude leaked Access Hollywood comments.

Language

"God" is used an exclamation. A character is referred to as a "stud muffin," and another refers to themselves as a "spoiled brat."

Consumerism

A teapot is replaced with a bottle of Coca-Cola -- although the words "Coca-Cola" are obscured, the branding is clear.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character asks another, "Have you been on the brandy again?"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Queen's Corgi is a Belgian-made English-language movie that's a bizarre mix of colorful animated fun and inappropriate adult content masked as humor. The story of Rex (voiced by Jack Whitehall) -- a pampered pooch who tries to find his way back home after being thrust into the big wide world -- is warm and well-meaning. Unfortunately, the sexualization of the female canine characters strikes an unsettling tone. A brief scene features a cross-dressing man wearing make-up, a ladies' hat, and full beard. And there's a crass, out-of-place joke related to the comments Donald Trump made on the leaked Access Hollywood tape. The "fight club for dogs" that Rex stumbles upon also raises moral question marks. Rex encounters a few scary situations: crossing a busy road, navigating a creepy park at night, and falling into a frozen pond. At the animal shelter, he encounters bullying and the threat of violence, as well as witnessing a (thankfully non-graphic) dog fight. At face value, this is a kid-targeted adventure full of cute dogs and slapstick comedy. But older children and adults might feel uncomfortable with the sexual innuendo and canine gender stereotypes. 

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bycagey11 May 9, 2020

Wow...

We only could stomach the first 10 minutes or so of it... the Trump / FLOTUS caricatures (yes, caricatures) felt out of place in a movie whose target audience w... Continue reading
Adult Written byVbruce85 March 22, 2020

I'm confused

I'm genuinely confused. After seeing a trailer a few months ago at the cinema, we decided to watch at home when we found it was on Netflix. I sat down to w... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byName2 June 18, 2020

Boring and to many things that will go over your kids heads

This movie was pretty boring from the beginning, and it just got worse. There were way to many scenes that will just leave you feeling uncomfortable, and Trump... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLoranikas303 May 22, 2020

My Rating: PG-13

I believe that Donald Trump was in the movie and it has Adult jokes like sexually humor. Some parents think this is unnecessary.
Kid: Mom, can I go see The Quee... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE QUEEN'S CORGI follows the adventures of Rex (voiced by Jack Whitehall) -- the queen's (Julie Walters) favorite corgi and "Top Dog" at Buckingham Palace. Following a visit from Donald and Melania Trump, the queen suggests that Rex might make a good match for the couple's dog, Mitzi (Sarah Hadland). Rex is horrified and escapes, ending up at an animal shelter where he discovers a dog fighting club and befriends a group of strays who try to help him find his way back home.

Is it any good?

Despite a cast stuffed full of some of Britain's best-loved TV actors, this animated movie misses the mark on many levels. The basic storyline is solid enough, but there are several subplots -- in particular, the promiscuous Mitzi and the doggie fight club -- that are iffy at best. Jokes are often weak and, in some cases, downright crass. Meanwhile, it's hard to warm to any of the characters. Rex is presented as charming and irresistible, though this frequently verges on arrogance and smugness. He does at least acknowledge that he's "a spoiled brat." His frenemy Charlie (Dino Andrade) is sinister and devious -- but he gets his comeuppance at the end. And the rather patronizing portrayal of the queen as overly sentimental is almost embarrassing.

All of that said, the animation in The Queen's Corgi is colorful and charming, with a lovely, detailed depiction of Buckingham Palace. The voice acting is solid -- selfie-taking Donald Trump is brilliantly voiced by impressionist Jon Culshaw, and Whitehall is perfect as posh pooch Rex. As with many kids' movies, there are plenty of moments that will make parents cringe while the kids are giggling with delight. But, more worryingly, there are bits of dialogue that could be deemed offensive by adults -- Trump telling his dog to "go grab some puppy" is eerily reminiscent of his real-life "grab them by the p---y" comment -- but will probably be missed by younger children. But with the peculiar sexualization of characters, the implications of violence, and the shameless social climbing, The Queen's Corgi is a royal appointment best avoided.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the jokes in The Queen's Corgi. Did they feel out of place in the movie? Why might some of them be considered problematic for kids?

  • How are the female dogs portrayed? Might they be described as stereotypes? What's the danger of gender stereotypes?

  • Rex meets lots of stray dogs at the animal shelter. Talk to your kids about the responsibilities of owning a dog and the concept of re-homing an unwanted dog.

  • Think about what day-to-day life is like for the queen -- living in a palace and having servants. How is it different from your life? Do you think you'd like it?

  • Discuss the value of being "popular" or being someone's "favorite." Is social status important in life? What characteristics do you think would be more important?

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