This is a movie based around a dog returning from overseas from military duty to live with the family of his deceased handler. You got me at the word “dog”! Remember that I don’t see movies for free so my ratings reflect this!
Director :- Boaz Yakin
Starring :- Josh Wiggins, Dejon LaQuake, Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez
Now I wasn’t expecting Oscar level greatness but I also was hoping it wouldn’t be a cookie cutter movie. Unfortunately it is. Most of the main characters are cliché – Where “Me And Earl And The Dying Girl” got it right when it comes to teenagers they got it wrong, mostly. The third act is solid and fun but most of it is by the numbers.
It’s a shame really because most of the actors are ones you recognize and they are solid performers but these are paint by numbers performances going on. There’s the stern dad, the lazy son, and the mom playing peace-keeper. There’s the crazy friend of the son and his hot cousin the son falls for.
Not to say it’s a bad movie but if you go in with high expectations, you’re fooling yourself. I felt like this movie would’ve been better going straight to cable. The dog is the star and if you’re coming for the dog you won’t be disappointed.
The set up is nothing special but the third act is a bit of redemption for the film. The plot made me feel like I was watching an after school special sometimes. Like I stated I was expecting Citizen Kane but was hoping it wasn’t Ishtar. It’s not Ishtar but I would say only go see this if you have kids or like animals.
Owen’s Ratings: See It: First Day, First Week, In Theaters, At Home, Don’t Bother. See It: At Home – Hate to say it but might better off waiting for it see it home unless you have kids/animals or seen all the other kids movies already.
1) Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
1) Mad Max Fury Road
3) Ex Machina.
4) Terminator Genisys
5) Avengers: Age of Ultron
6) Love & Mercy
7) Jurassic World
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