A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.


Gail Mancuso


W. Bruce Cameron (screenplay by), Cathryn Michon (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Gad ... Bailey (voice)
Dennis Quaid ... Ethan
Kathryn Prescott ... CJ
Marg Helgenberger ... Hannah
Betty Gilpin ... Gloria
Henry Lau ... Trent
Abby Ryder Fortson ... Young CJ
Ian Chen ... Young Trent
Emma Volk Emma Volk ... Toddler CJ
Johnny Galecki ... Henry
Jake Manley ... Shane
Daniela Barbosa ... Liesl
Conrad Coates ... Big Joe
Arlene Duncan ... Hilda
Kevin Claydon ... Barry


A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some friendships transcend lifetimes.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic content, some peril and rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


One part of the movie features Max and Duke, two dogs who live in an apartment in New York. Max and Duke were also the names of the 2 dogs in Secret Life Of Pets movies who lived together. See more »


A Mr. Sub sign is visible, and Shane happens to be an employee of the restaurant. However, the Mr. Sub chain is only available in Canada. See more »


CJ: What're you doing here?
Shane: You don't answer my calls.
CJ: Yeah, because I don't wanna talk to you, Shane.
[tries to walk away from Shane]
Shane: Come on, CJ. You're not still mad about the party? Don't walk away from me.
[roughly grabs CJ]
CJ: Whoa, get off! Shane!
Shane: I thought you were cooler than this.
CJ: Shane!
[Bailey, as Molly, bites Shane on the leg]
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Referenced in Some Kind of Heaven (2020) See more »


Just a Girl
Written by Gwen Stefani and Tom Dumont (as Thomas Dumont)
Performed by No Doubt
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One Of The Best Movies I Have Ever Seen
20 May 2019 | by zuriwilliamsSee all my reviews

This movie is literally one of the best movies I have ever seen. It has to be top 3-5 movies ever. It's up there with movies like Ghost and Lion King. I'm already an animal lover, and huge dog lover, and this movie just gives me more reason to love and cherish my little four legged friends. I'm not going to go into details of the movie in my post because I do not want to spoil it for anyone, but I will tell you this much, bring some tissues with you. Not because the movie is sad, it will be happy tears that you will be wiping away. Just an amazing movie. A masterpiece. I brought my kids to go see it and they loved it. Cane straight home to hug and kiss their dogs. Again....its an amazing movie. One of the best I have ever seen in my entire life. Do not pay attention to these critics who rate the movie low or say anything negative about it, those people are fools. Their job is to critique a movie and look for negatives. Notice the huge discrepancies between rotten tomatoes reviews on movies compared to the public's opinion of a movie........it's always a huge difference. Mark my words, go and see this movie with your kids and family and friends. You guys will not be disappointed. And again, bring some tissues for your happy tears.

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Release Date:

17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dog's Journey See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,030,085, 19 May 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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