Starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, K.J. Apa, Bryce Gheisar, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Britt Robertson
Directed by Lasse Hallström
2017 / 90 Minutes / Universal Pictures

A Dog’s Purpose is a simple and nice little family film about a dog figuring out his purpose in life over many different lives and owners. It’s a great idea and I’m sure a decent book, but I never really felt like the film delved deep enough. By the end of this it’s the human’s story that took over. From what I’ve heard the book has a lot more focus on the other stories. The movie unfortunately glosses over the shorter storylines in a rush to get to the main one, Ethan and his first love.

You know what you are getting into when you go and see a family movie about a dog. It’s the usual moments we’ve all seen before and the tear-jerking moments that get us every time. This movie relies on all of that. I didn’t have very high expectations going into this, but in the end, although it’s not a great movie it certainly had moments that entertained and tugged at the tear ducts. Kids will enjoy this much more than the adults, but you’ll survive this.

I won’t say too much about the controversy that has plagued this movie over the last few weeks other then I think that it’s a shame that people are going to boycott this. A touching film that is bound to affect people and have them racing to the shelters to rescue a dog and to even appreciate their own more. That is the saddest part of this story a dog is going to lose out on a home because of TMZ and Peta.

A Dog’s Purpose isn’t a perfect movie and it suffers from schmaltzy cheesy moments, but behind all that there’s a sweet interesting story that will have you running home to your dog after the movie.

Grade C+

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