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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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Cast

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Bailey / Ellie / Tino / Buddy (voice)
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Teen Ethan (as KJ Apa)
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Ethan's Dad
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Grandma Fran
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Grandpa Bill
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Todd
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Maya
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Al
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Wendi
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Storyline

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

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Some pets stay with you forever See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,222,810, 29 January 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,304,940, 5 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,142,855, 19 March 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

In 1961 or '2, Ethan is shown reading an apparently new issue of Captain America. This series had been out of print since 1953, until it was revived by Marvel Comics in 1964. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Beyond (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I Thank You
Written by Dave Porter (as David Porter) and Isaac Hayes
Performed by Sam & Dave
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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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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