Parents' Guide to

A Dog's Journey

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sequel is as sentimental and emotional as the first film.

Movie PG 2019 108 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 9+

Interesting discussions about this film

The other reviews have mentioned most issues. I also had to explain to my 9 year olds what the illegal drug sale was at a party which was why the police were called. But this is one way that the film highlights that the dog doesn’t trust people who make bad choices. It is a tear-jerker for sensitive people, but essentially a lovely film that ends on a positive note despite the deaths of some main characters.
age 10+

Amazing....but made me sob

This is an amazing movie but I think that since there is kissing and Gloria drinks a lot in the movie (Big spoiler ahed) cause she spent her step daughter's fortune on wine

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Emotional and syrupy sweet, this sentimental sequel is a tribute to the enduring bond between dogs and their human best friends. Veteran TV director Gail Mancuso continues Lasse Hallstrom's poignant touch with the story, which switches from focusing on Ethan to CJ. The CJ storyline is less violent than younger Ethan's, but it's still filled with heartbreak, a parent's substance abuse, sadness, and loneliness (save for lifelong friend Trent).

Gilpin is well cast as a selfish, disinterested mother who cares more about warning her daughter about the dangers of getting "chubby" than actually parenting her. Prescott is believable as a vulnerable, unfulfilled young woman whose greatest comfort has always come from her dog. And Henry Lau is almost too good to be true as the earnest adult version of Trent. Gad's voice is eager and steadfast as the various incarnations of Bailey, and, unlike in the first film, A Dog's Journey, audiences stay with the same family of dog owners throughout the story (with the exception of one quick detour). This movie definitely and effectively pulls at the heartstrings, so pet lovers in particular should expect tears to flow at the many tender moments between CJ and Ethan and their dogs. There's even a subplot about one of the dogs being able to detect cancer by scent, an ability a later dog can also display -- with life-saving results. For dog fans, this is a movie that affirms the kinship between humans and dogs; for others, it's a treacly sweet take on some serious issues.

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