Parents' Guide to

Dog Days

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Positive message amid language, pot humor in canine comedy.

Movie PG 2018 112 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 10+

Lovely movie with animal fun and good messages

We were surprised to enjoy this movie so much, after reading other bad reviews. A really cute movie, especially for animal lovers. There was swearing and a little sexual content which went over my child's head. As a dog lover she was so caught up in the excellent filming of the dogs and the humour. Really difficult to find family movies that are not corny or contrived, but this one was great, for us all. There were a number of touching parts, such as the respectful friendship between and old man and teenager, a family adopting a little girl, and of course very funny scenes with dogs. The scene were the dogs dies is sad, nothing gruesome, and not overly dramatised, we have 2 sensitive viewers and they were fine. Portrayed as a sad ending to a beautiful friendship between dog and man. Lots of good themes to talk about: intergenerational friendship, death of a pet, what a real relationship is, looking after pets etc. The part with the marijuana is not portrayed as "admirable" and would go over children's heads. At least preview this movie before crossing it off your list, you'll be glad you did.
age 8+

Funny heart-warming tear-jerker

We all LOVED this movie. A number of different storylines come together in a really cute way. There's even a really sweet adoption of a little girl and a dog who helps her adjust to her new family. Yes, there are some pot and infidelity references, but honestly they went over my 8 and 10 year olds' heads. They were pretty subtle. Adorable dogs. The sweet nerdy guy gets the girl (instead of the vain "hot" guy). A meaningful friendship between a boy and a lonely older man... Lots of good stuff here!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (11 ):

This doggy comedy's concept and message are full of paws-ibility, but the film doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a Disney-esque family dramedy, as its filming style and marketing campaign suggest? Or is it an edgier comedy for 20-somethings, as its drug, sex, and profanity jokes might imply? Dog Days' execution isn't helped by multiple plotlines that have the predictability and depth of an episode of The Love Boat. The script's one-dimensional characters deprive the actors of much substance, but the newer faces in the ensemble are the real delights. Comedian Tone Bell as a former athlete turned broadcaster, Jessica Lowe as a snarky makeup artist, and Lauren Lapkus as a dog walker who loves the job perks are stand-outs. And just as he does in This Is Us, Jones proves he could read the phone book and make viewers cry.

But while the animals may be what moves the humans' stories forward, the pups themselves are sidelined, mostly providing reaction shots. It's really not about them -- which could be fine, if all the marketing didn't imply that they were the stars and that the film was more like The Secret Life of Pets than Must Love Dogs.

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