A Dog's Purpose

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Family | Running Time:  120 min.
In theatres: January 27, 2017
Digital: April 18, 2017
DVD/BluRay: May 2, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.64
based on 414 votes and 155 reviews
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Cast: Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, Pooch Hall, Josh Gad


A devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) goes on a quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several reincarnations and the many owners to whom he belonged. Along the way, he ponders such existential questions as "Why does food taste better in the trash?" and "What is the meaning of life?"

Going through several names throughout his time, including Toby, Bailey and Buddy, he arrives at the answers to some of his questions via his interactions with the humans he loves, and the lessons about love that he teaches them.

Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Gavin Polone
Screenplay: Cathryn Michon
Official Site: http://adogspurposemovie.com

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  • 3 stars "A boy and dog are reunited in a very unusual way. Not great but good."
  • 5 stars "I loved it"
  • 1 star "The fact that they killed a puppy off in the first few minutes of the movie was a precursor of things to come. Too much animal abuse shown besides the water scene - leaving a puppy locked in a truck on a hot day, showing a puppy mill, chaining a dog outside with no shelter for years - emphasizes what goes on in real life for many dogs."