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A Dog's Purpose (2017)

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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

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Bailey / Buddy / Tino / Ellie (voice)
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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

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Every dog happens for a reason. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | See all certifications »

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27 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La razón de estar contigo  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,222,810 (USA) (27 January 2017)

Gross:

$64,304,940 (USA) (5 May 2017)
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Trivia

During the Corgi segment of the movie, the missing tail was humorous because Welsh Corgis are born with their tail naturally short or missing. Others may have their tails docked between 2-5 days old due to historical tradition or as a measure of conformation to the Breed Standard. See more »

Goofs

When Carlos is first introduced, the surname shown on his name tag and mentioned in dialogue is "Ruiz." But when he cradles Ellie after she's been shot, the name on his tag is now "Rodriguez." See more »

Quotes

Bailey: Have fun, obviously. Whenever possible, find someone to save and save them. Lick the ones you love. Don't get all sad-faced about what happened, and scrunchy-faced about what could. Just, be here now. Be. Here. Now.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Beyond (2017) See more »

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A Lot Like Being in Love
Written by Robert J. Walsh
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
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Surprised by the low rating- it was an excellent movie
27 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Let me state up front that compared to "other movies" this movie is not a 10 but for what I expected it to be -a kid friendly, fun-loving movie that is relatively straightforward- it gets a 10. My 8 yr old son and 10 yr old daughter loved it, and so did I. It was sweet and heartfelt.

I cried each time the dog became another dog, and I don't think I am that sensitive.

In fact, this movie reminds me a bit of look who's talking, in the mind of a baby but in this movie, in the mind of a dog. It may feel realistic for some and not for others but who cares, it is a movie to make you smile and it is definitely not reality.


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