I couldn't take it seriously
We had to watch this in a classroom. The classroom is very diverse. I, myself, am African-American. Now, while watching the film there were many laughs. We kinda all agreed that the movie was bad. The first 20 minutes seemed to be going well, but as soon as we saw the dog come back in blood and the lady hugging we were all thrown off.
If my dog came back in blood. I'd be concern. Not oh my god my dog I love you let's bathe.
Now when she goes to find help she goes to the wrong place (lady and the lion). Weird Editing here:
The lady walks to front and "daisy dukes" (or what I imagined 70 year old Jessica Simpson) appears. First "daisy-dukes" speaks while she's then it cuts to lady speaking then suddenly "daisy dukes" is sitting next to a lion. ????? That was fast if she actually did that. It was just weird.
The Santa Clause figure - Oh my goodness. He was by far the most awkward person in every scene. For example:
ZOOM ECU: ....It's an attack dog" HAHAHAHA of all things to say. Like he's a mind reader. Not he has rabies, untrained or anything just BAM right there. SOOO Cliche. I couldn't help thinking of him as Santa Clause.
Cleveland Brown character, known as Keys, did a good job. But we all laughed at the scene when he screamed "The dog killed a Black man!...In a Church" ZOOM ECU at the unemotional face of the lady.
First of all, of all things the Black man would run to (I don't if I'm being racist but) he would run to a church. Not a store or a house or a bank BUT a church. Now let's jump back to the scene where Keys got the dog back. You see the main lady arguing with Keys. And there's Santa on the right hand side of the screen. Everyone in the room is like "Why is he there" No lines. Santa is just standing there looking at them conversing like he's the "third-wheel."
Now, when we meet the owner at the end. He brings chocolates. One of the classmates screamed, "I bet they're all white chocolates" We lost it. When she starts screaming at him. I see the door is left open, which throws me off. "Okay you're threatening him and your leaving...by the way you left your door open." It reminded me a husband leaving his wife after a fight and slams the door and five minutes later the husband forgot his keys.
The finale: The dog running to each person like a mad dog then suddenly he's calm was weird. It just didn't work. "Fuller was playing with my heart" a peer said.
"You should have spanked him!" What what?
Intellectually, I understood the dog not only resembled the scary view of how to lead an innocent one into hatred. More, importantly, the dog could resemble an everyday child. And gives ourselves a look of how corrupted we were to our own children back then.
I'm sorry though, the majority in the classroom, including myself, couldn't take it seriously.