Directed by Charles Martin Smith.
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer, and Patrick Gallagher.
A dog travels 400 miles in search of her owner.
There is no hesitation in calling A Dog’s Purpose a below-average film, but for all of its manipulative doggie death, there was still a rather satisfyingly emotional ending emerging from a somewhat creative narrative framework, a debate on sadism notwithstanding. A Dog’s Way Home is even worse, foregoing an unorthodox children’s plot grounded in reincarnation in favor of a bargain bin version of Homeward Bound that is less inspired and more generic than the direct-to-video sequels that followed that timeless family-friendly classic.
This time around Charles Martin Smith occupies the director’s chair, but from the formulaic and bland unfolding of the story, one can’t be