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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.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

W. Bruce Cameron (screenplay by), Cathryn Michon (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Gad ... Bailey / Ellie / Tino / Buddy (voice)
Dennis Quaid ... Adult Ethan
Peggy Lipton ... Adult Hannah
Bryce Gheisar ... Ethan - 8 Years Old
K.J. Apa ... Teen Ethan (as KJ Apa)
Juliet Rylance ... Ethan's Mom
Luke Kirby ... Ethan's Dad
Gabrielle Rose ... Grandma Fran
Michael Bofshever ... Grandpa Bill
Britt Robertson ... Teen Hannah
Logan Miller ... Todd
Kirby Howell-Baptiste ... Maya
Pooch Hall ... Al
John Ortiz ... Carlos
Nicole LaPlaca ... Wendi
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Storyline

Lasse Hallström "The Hundred-Foot Journey" directed this adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, which follows a dog voiced by Josh Gad as he is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners. Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the canine's existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Every dog happens for a reason. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The dog breeds that were used in this film are: Beagle-German Shepherd-terrier mix, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and St. Bernard-Australian Shepherd mix. See more »

Goofs

One of the themes is that Bailey is reincarnated into a new life almost right after he's died in the previous life. The issue here is that each time he's reincarnated, multiple years have passed since his prior life. When he's reincarnated it should be instantaneous instead of several years passing. 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 some...
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Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: John Wick (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Score from Dynasty
Written by Bill Conti/ Marvin Laird
Courtesy of CBS Television Studios
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User Reviews

 
Good family movie, don't believe the lies
27 January 2017 | by bpeterson82See 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dog's Purpose See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,222,810, 29 January 2017

Gross USA:

$64,508,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,736,628
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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