A Dog's Purpose (2017) Sunday, 05 April 2020

A Dog's Purpose (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    Sit, stay.

  • Starring:

    Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Bryce Gheisar, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz

  • Directed by:

    Lasse Hallström

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)


    Animals are shot, nudged, kicked, left in hot car (dehydrated/blurry vision), swiped at/chased by other animals, dragged out from underneath a couch, mistreated (chained up outside for months/matted fur/abandoned by side of road), near-hit by a car, caught by a dog-catcher, banished to the garage, euthanised. People are held at gunpoint, knocked/pushed over, tackled (football), tipped over, wrestled, lunged at, punched, bitten/attacked by dogs, pulled out of chair, slapped, trapped in a burning house, arm-grabbed. People bump their head, collapse into a hot-dog stand from dizziness, collapse a table. House set on fire (firecracker through mail slot)/sleeping people wake and escape from burning building, man gets leg caught beneath burning object. Missing child - domestic argument evolved into armed kidnapping of 12-year-old girl, girl knocked into river, girl rescued by dog. Guns fired (range practice). Breaking glass heard (dog chasing cat). llustrated fight scenes in comic. Newspaper headline about Cuban Missile Crisis/nuclear annihilation mentioned. Yelling, arguing, yelping, hissing, whimpering, screaming, barking. Blood/gore: Dog deaths: illness (in vet, mention of kidney's shutting down, reference to needle that will euthanise dog), old age, euthanised, shot. Dead cat. Bloody fur, ground. Leg in cast, man being loaded into ambulance with blackened face (house fire survivor). Injection given (immunisation). Dead skunk mentioned.


    (None): Kissing, hugging, flirting. People in swimwear, woman in bubble bath, cleavage. Butt-sniffing, face-licking, puppies nursing, dog sniffing up girl's skirt, dog referred to as "girlfriend replacement". A male dog who reincarnates as a female puppy says he is missing something.


    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne). Alcoholism.


    Butt, shut up. Name-calling (moron, alcoholic, idiot, crazy, stubborn, etc).


    Dogs, companionship, loyalty, reincarnation, death, grief, alcohol abuse, tracking, police dog (K9) units, euthanasia, loneliness, relationship breakup, the meaning of life, bonding.


    Loss of scholarship, relationship breakup due to drinking problem. Dead wife, dead husband mentioned. Dogs, puppies, cat, chickens, donkey. Dog rolling in poo, dog's butt shaken to help him poo, child prying open dog's mouth to retrieve swallowed coin, dogs in cages. Farting, poo. Based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron.


    Heartwarming, soul-shattering, comforting, earnest, tear-jerking, sweet, light, squishy, engaging, uplifting, harmless. Irresistible/adorable dogs, appealling human performances, gentle narration by Josh Gad, sun-dappled visuals, sentimental/emotional score.


    Shameless, mawkish, kitsch, hokey, cloying, schmaltzy, corny, insipid, grim, clumsy, manipulative, melancholy, disjointed, irritating. Dark beginning sequence, episodic storyline, cheesy ending, over-simplified philosophy.

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