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A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose
Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, K. J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Peggy Lipton

Rated: PG for thematic elements and some peril.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: January 27, 2017 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Based on the bestselling 2010 novel by W. Bruce Cameron, this drama follows a reincarnated dog as he takes up residence with different owners. 

Directed by Lasse  Hallstrom , the film takes place over a span of about 50 years. The dog changes from breed to breed, but each dog is voiced by Josh Gad.  The voice tells us that he wants to play catch, that he needs to have bacon and that he feels sad when his owner is sad.

It begins in the 1950s when a boy named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar) and his mom rescue a puppy from a hot truck cab and take him home.  The boy names him Bailey and they bond immediately , throwing and fetching a deflated football. 

Each dog is playful, loyal and sweet, and most of their stories are emotional and bring a tear to the eye.  They provide a lot of humor, but also some sad, difficult scenes.  One of he dogs is a Chicago Police K-9 and he and his master are involved in a dangerous chase to save a child from a ruthless kidnapper, another dog is taken in my a couple who mistreats it, and another lives with a family that has an alcoholic father. Most of the owner have one thing in common, they are lonely.

Ethan returns at the end of the film as an adult (played by Dennis Quaid with a lot of emotion)   He's a hard working farmer and when a stray comes into his life and finds an old forgotten deflated football in the barn, the film ends on just the right note.

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