A Dog's Purpose (2017) -Parental Guidance

Have boxes of tissues ready


When I deleted my personal blog or my online journal, I also deleted my very personal "experience" watching Marley & Me. Watching this movie is like that experience, only three times over.  It also felt like watching "Fluke" all over again.  Bailey(a.k.a.Boss Dog), Ellie and Tino had to leave or crossover, breaking the hearts of the people "they" owned or their partners or their packs.

As Bailey, Bailey, Bailey journeyed and found his "Buddy" Ethan and the older version of Hannah(Peggy Lipton looks very young for seventy---I joked that maybe a life without Quincy Jones is stress free---but hey, I am REALLY just kidding---peace to everybody who loves Quincy Jones), I was crossing my fingers that Ethan would know that Buddy and Bailey are one and the same.


The movie is well-acted and we felt what Bailey was feeling as Police Dog Ellie, Cute Corgi Tino and Buddy who first lived with a "trash" couple then eventually found his way back to Ethan.

All actors who played Ethan were great from the 8-year-old, to the teen(who plays Archie Andrews in the TV Series, Riverdale) up to the person in his sunset years as played by Dennis Quaid.

There are many fun scenes, proud moments and lots of lighthearted events even if there were scenes that made me cry buckets of tears.

The "ending" gave me a light feeling.

It is worth watching again and again again.

  • Josh Gad as the voice of Bailey, Ellie, Tino and Buddy.
  • Dennis Quaid as Ethan Montgomery (adult)
  • KJ Apa as teenage Ethan Montgomery (truly versatile)
  • Bryce Gheisar as eight-year old Ethan Montgomery
  • Juliet Rylance as Elizabeth Montgomery, Ethan's mother.
  • Peggy Lipton as Hannah (adult)--At seventy, she looks so young
  • Britt Robertson as young Hannah
  • John Ortiz as Carlos Ruiz
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Maya
  • Pooch Hall as Al
  • Luke Kirby as Jim Montgomery, Ethan's father (immersed in his role 
  • Logan Miller as Todd (after playing a very lovable Kent in Before I Fall, he is very "hateful" here---another versatile actor)
Plus the six great dog actors who played Bailey, Ellie, Tino and Buddy plus Roxy and the dog of the grandson of older Hannah, Miguel  ++

Directed by Lasse Hallström

Produced by Gavin Polone
Presented by Amblin Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment

Screenplay by
W. Bruce Cameron
Cathryn Michon
Audrey Wells
Maya Forbes
Wally Wolodarsky

Based on A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography by Terry Stacey

Distributed by Universal Studios

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