A Dog's Purpose

Release Date: January 27th, 2017

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

PG |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

Cast: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Bryce Gheisar, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Gabrielle Rose

Director: Lasse Hallström

Genres: Fantasy , Comedy drama

Production Co: Pariah, Walden Media, Reliance Entertainment, Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Moving, Wife, Family, Husband, Sacrifice, Son, House, Love, Girlfriend, Endearing, Police officer, Mystery, Passionate, Heartwarming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    While the human performers are more than adequate, there’s no doubt that the canine stars carry the day. Their utter irresistibility helps a long way in terms of getting past the corny plot machinations of A Dog’s Purpose. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    All I can say is that A Dog’s Purpose left me cherishing my borderline-venerable Skeezix; longing to see Scamp and Fluff and Sukoshi and Sally, the dear departed dogs of my life; and wishing I could have been reincarnated as a better master than I was. show more

  • 55
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    A Dog’s Purpose offers many of the highlights of human-canine relations at their warmest and most affectionate, but the film chooses to skim on sun-dappled surfaces (Terry Stacey of “Elvis and Nixon” was the cinematographer) and sentimentality (Rachel Portman’s score bombards the heartstrings) when it might have gone deeper show more

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