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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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Teen Ethan (as KJ Apa)
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Grandpa Bill
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Maya
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Al
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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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Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | See all certifications »

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27 January 2017 (USA)  »

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La razón de estar contigo  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

Bradley Cooper was originally slated to provide the voice of the titular dog; however, he was ultimately replaced with Josh Gad. 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

[first lines]
Bailey: [narrating] What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason? Is there a point to any of this?
[a litter of puppies]
Bailey: First, I had no idea what was going on. I... I couldn't see a thing. It was warm. There was my mother. Every day, I had fun. Was having fun the point? The whole point? No, it couldn't be that simple.
Dog Catcher: Here's one...
Bailey: And then it was over.
Dog Catcher: That's it for you.
[put him into his truck]
Bailey: No more fun. It seemed like such a short life. I mean, what exactly did I do? There was...
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Features Gunsmoke (1955) See more »

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Maze Song
Written by Electra Stuart and Alan Waller
Courtesy of de Wolfe Music USA
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Good family movie, don't believe the lies
27 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

This was a tear jerking, laugh inducing, emotional roller-coaster of a solid family flick.

While it isn't quite Marley & Me, it was as close as you can get. The acting was adequate and the writing may be forgettable but the love between of Man's Best Friend and the many characters in this film is palpable.

I was hesitant to spend money on this film after hearing the negative animal abuse allegations against it, but I found them to be false. Apparently TMZ made it up.

So get ready for love, pain and lots of laughter that makes this a must see for every family! Just be sure to take tissues with you.


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