A Dog's Purpose

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Tearjerker is sweet, poignant, and occasionally violent.

PG 2017 120 minutes

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age 11+

Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 75 reviews

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age 14+

Nice story.

Alsome feel good life journey good for all.

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age 18+

If you've read the book then prepare to be ultimately disappointed.

I read the dog's purpose and dog's journey books and I am offended at some of the major changes that take place in the film. the story also deals with a pagan belief in reincarnation so I would caution some parents about that. Like most film adaptations the story is cut short in important areas and not long enough in others. the most saddening and offensive difference between the book and film was when Bailey who is a reincarnated female German Shepherd police dog is shot and dies by a criminal and the scene and situation where this takes place is not at all what happens in the book. (Book) Bailey (police dog) rescues a girl who fell into a river and was not kidnapped or pushed in by the criminal. the eventual criminal shoots the police officer,  not the dog. Both the cop and dog survive and Bailey (police dog) grows old and lives a happy life with the owner Maya who is another officer. (Film) A girl is kidnapped by a man and Bailey (police dog) tracks him down. the man resists arrest and throws the girl into the river before shooting Bailey later. two very unrelated events in the book. and instead of Maya being the police officer who owned the police dog she is not mentioned at all until Bailey reincarnates into his next life after getting shot on duty. And she is not a police officer in the film version universe as well. So then we have a whole new dog's life that was not ever in the story whatsoever??. also for the river scene a real dog was used and nearly drowned during filming before the decision to use an animated dog was made instead. terrible corner-cutting decisions have been made in this film adaptation and it betrays it's fans on every level. Reccomend the book,  not the film

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