There is nothing our family loves more than a good family movie night. The only trouble is that it can be difficult to find a family friendly movie that matches the interests of everyone. This is why our family was excited to get the opportunity to review Life With Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment. Here is what we found…
A Little Bit About Mill Creek Entertainment
Mill Creek Entertainment specializes in value-priced DVD and Blu-ray features. They have quite a few titles, including the movie this review is focused on. While they do have Christian-based movies, they are not a Christian company.
A Little Bit About Life With Dog
Without giving away the whole movie, I would like to provide you with a little bit more accurate idea of the plot line than the movie case provides. Although the movie title suggests that this will be about an owner and his dog, it really has very little to do with the dog at all. Instead, this is about a man who goes a little off the deep end due to the grief over his wife’s untimely death.
We watch as Joe, the main character, descends into grief, loses touch with reality, and alienates his family. Eventually, a dog arrives in Joe’s yard, and will not leave despite the many attempts Joe makes. The only tie between the dog and the plot comes when the dog helps Joe discover the truth behind his wife’s death.
“I thought it was interesting, with a good plot. This movie is about one man’s tragedy and how he gets to the other side. Even though this is fictional, the story line was about real people going through real tragedy in a real sort of way. While the movie is unrated, I would recommend that no one under age 13 see this movie due to the adult themes within the story.”
“I was surprised to learn that this movie was unrated, as it really does need a rating of PG-13. There is one part where both the dog and his owner relieve themselves on the fence outside. Funny for the older crowd, yes, but maybe a bit too much of a suggestion for the little ones. There are also numerous intense scenes with a gun which could be scary for younger viewers.
The story is full of great messages including redemption, forgiveness, family, and loving someone who is tough to love. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie, but this is on the level of a made-for-TV movie and not a cinematic wonder.”
Zach (age 17)
“One thing I didn’t like was the ending just sort of ends and then you have to keep watching past the credits to get more. When people see the credits, they have a tendency to just turn off the movie and think it’s done. They might miss the ending. I did like the story though. It told a good message, but it was a little slow moving in parts. Some scenes were full of action, but a teenager who doesn’t like dogs would be bored. A lot of the movie was just about an old guy that was grieving.”
Ruth (age 16)
“It was good. I liked the part of the movie where the dog keeps showing up outside and the man did not like it. It was funny watching the man get mad.”
Seth (age 13)
“What I liked about this movie, is that certain scenes were acted really well. They chose a good actor for the main character. The plot-line is sort of unpredictable and full of suspense. Another thing that I liked was the character, “dog.” I thought that he was funny and cute. This movie is not for little kids though. I would recommend ages 11 and up.”
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