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A Dog's Purpose

  • 2017
  • PG
  • 120min
  • 35%
  • 7 / 10

The movie focuses on the life, or rather lives, of a dog. The dog is reincarnated as a number of different dogs throughout the film, with each new life, body, and owner, learning more about the world and what it means to be a dog. Josh Gad serves as the internal voice of the starring dog, who goes by many names, most importantly Bailey, throughout the film's story, as well as the narrator of the film. Though there are much sadness and loss in the many lifetimes of the dog, he grows to find his purpose throughout, and to a greater degree, what he feels is the purpose of any dog living alongside humanity. In finding this purpose, we get to explore the joys of human companionship with dogs, the emotional journey that entails, and a deeply personal connection between dog and owner, even spanning lifetimes.

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Canine companionship is a concept nearly as old as time, with humans owning and living with dogs for many decades. As they say, a dog is a man's best friends, and this film seeks to encapsulate that idea in dramatic fashion, with a touch of the fantastical. In doing so, A Dog's Purpose is a movie that should appeal to a wide range of audiences, both dog owners and non-dog owners alike, breaking down the central idea to a very personal and human concept of companionship and fun in life.

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A Dog's Purpose is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallstrom and produced by Gavin Polone. The screenplay was written by Cathryn Michon, Maya Forbes, and Audrey Wells, based on the 2010 novel of the same name, written by W Bruce Cameron. The movie stars Josh Gad, Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, and Josh Ortiz. Production was handled by Amblin, Reliance, and Walden Media, and distribution by Universal Pictures, with a budget of $22 million, earning $205 million throughout its theatrical run, making it a significant financial success for the studios involved.