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The Dog Lover (2016)

PG | | Drama | 8 July 2016 (USA)
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Sara Gold is a rising star at the United Animal Protection Agency (UAPA), a major animal rights organization that conducts animal rescues and lobbies for better animal welfare laws. ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
James Remar ... Daniel Holloway
Lea Thompson ... Liz Holloway
Jayson Blair ... Will Holloway
Allison Paige ... Sara Gold
Sherry Stringfield ... Jackie O'Connell
Michael King ... Trevor
Christina Moore ... Cassie Sumpter
Annabelle Kavanagh ... Abigail Holloway
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
April Adams April Adams ... Linda
Ali Afshar ... Raymond
Ashley Parker Angel ... Michael Ames
Reila Aphrodite ... Kate
Kevin Asbell Kevin Asbell ... UAPA Officer
Philip Boyd ... Scott
Seth Coltan ... Pete Morton
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Sara Gold is a rising star at the United Animal Protection Agency (UAPA), a major animal rights organization that conducts animal rescues and lobbies for better animal welfare laws. Handpicked for a major assignment, Sara goes undercover as a college intern to infiltrate a suspected "puppy mill" run by the enigmatic Daniel Holloway. Written by ESX Entertainment

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Rated PG for thematic elements, brief disturbing images and some language
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8 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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The Wrong Side of Right See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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In the true story this movie is based on, healthy dogs were removed from a breeder's home under the supervision of a non-profit animal rights group, claiming the animals were living in unsanitary conditions. On September 3rd, 2009, a representative of the group stated in a Keloland TV News interview that they would help provide proper care for the seized dogs. The group failed to deliver on that promise, resulting in the death of 29 of the seized dogs. See more »

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Yes it has an agenda. It's also pretty well made.
10 October 2016 | by bob_megSee all my reviews

If The Dog Lover is trying to hide its agenda it's not doing too good a job of it. It's a slightly creepy film to watch because it does nothing short of attack government funded protection agencies for going after dog breeders in general. Are all dog breeders evil? Is every group that disagrees with your views 100% evil? Not likely but who really knows for sure outside of their own experience. Are protection agencies spotless in their record of protecting animals? I don't know that either.

There are a lot of *suspicious* facts surrounding this movie, from the funding by a very well known opponent to Animal Cruelty bills to the fact that the ASPCA monitored "some" of the animal action in this film (haven't seen that one before and it gives me pause).

It is interesting how viciously this film has been attacked in the mainstream media with very little convincing non-hysterical justification beyond its controversial message. The acting is on the whole very good and the script does a damn good job at presenting a plausible scenario for mismanagement by government funded agencies.

If you go into this film with a closed mind it's only going to enrage you. It actually made me consider the other side of this issue. Did it convince me that all animal breeding is bad? No. Did it turn me against the ASPCA? Definitely not.

I do believe that all zealotry --- for any side --- is unwise and this movie did confirm that belief. I'd want to know more about both sides of this argument before I'd support either one, but as a piece of compelling storytelling, it works. It held my interest and made me want to know more.

Keep in mind when you read any hyper emotional review of this film that what you're being asked to do is simply think for yourself. I can think of worse ways to spend your time and money. Yes, you're probably giving money to the breeders if you rent or buy this film, but I'd be shocked if this film paid for itself, frankly. And the protection agencies have more than enough support to wage a counter attack. I'd love to hear their side of the issue as well. I'm waiting.


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