A Dog's Way Home

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Family
Running Time:  95 min.
In theatres: January 11, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.67
based on 122 votes and 43 reviews
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Cast: Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Bryce Dallas Howard


When aspiring medical student Lucas Ray (Jonah Hauer-King) finds a stray puppy, he immediately falls in love with her. He brings her home to the house where he lives with his mother (Ashley Judd). His mother also quickly falls in love with the puppy, whom Lucas names Bella (voice of Bryce Dallas Howard).

As she grows bigger, Bella and Lucas form the closest of bonds. But when an animal control officer tells Lucas that because Bella is a pit bull, she’s not legally allowed to be in Denver, Lucas temporarily sends Bella to live with his girlfriend’s family 400 miles away. Bella misses Lucas so much that she runs away. She sets off across the dangerous Colorado wilderness to return home.

Based on the book of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron and adapted into a screenplay by Cameron and his wife, Cathryn Michon.

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Gavin Polone
Screenplay: W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon
Official Site: ADogsWayHome.movie

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  • 1 star "this was to be a movie for all -- right --"
  • 5 stars "Very well filmed."
  • 1 star "I took my 3rd grade nieces and found it disturbing and depressing. We wanted an uplifting puppy movie, not one with a social/political agenda. Should have walked out when I saw Ashlee Judd. Words can't explain the gay/multi-racial married couple. Really Hollywood....do you have to shove it all in our faces in 1 movie "made for kids"?"