I'm always looking for family friendly movies that we can watch together as a family. Or movies that I can share and recommend to friends looking for the same. Recently Mill Creek Entertainment sent us the movie Life With Dog to share with our families and give our feedback on.
We and other members of the Homeschool Review Crew were sent the Life with Dog movie which arrived on a DVD in a clamshell case. The movie is 106 minutes long. The disc package also included a card with a code in it to active so we could watch the movie online if we needed to (I guess these days not everyone owns a DVD player).
About the Movie Life With Dog
Life with Dog is a family about a man named Joe Bigler who has lost his wife three months prior in a horrible car/bike accident. He is bitter and sits in a darkened home most of the time having lost touch with the outside world.
Joe is routinely visited by his daughter who is worried about him and tries to get him to talk to his wife's pastor.
After being pressured by his daughter to return to church Joe confesses that he only went to church for many years for his wife.
Joe is convinced that a new developer in the area is the cause of his wife's death. He takes out his frustrations on anyone and everyone who darkens his doorstep and has many run ins with the police.
One day while Joe is out in the garden a stray dog shows up at his home. The dog never barks and won't leave not matter how much Joe tries to shoo him off.
Through the rest of the movie Joe comes to enjoy the dogs company while still trying to figure out who killed his wife.
Our Thoughts About the movie
My daughter and I watched Life with Dog together one evening. It was interesting to see the actor Corbin Bernsen as the lead in the obviously faith centered movie. Corbin was one of the lead characters in legal drama of my youth that pushed boundaries. So I had to do a little research on where Corbin was in life these days.
In a nutshell it seems that Corbin Bernsen has returned to the faith of his childhood and features prominently in several Christian films.
Life With Dog is marketed as a movie where the main character finds faith and healing with the presence of the dog. While we did enjoy the movie I'm not really sure that's exactly happened in the movie. Joe still seems pretty bitter to the end and the movie ends kind of abruptly. My daughter and I felt there was no closure there.
Parental Advisory: This movie is very clean by today's standards. There is no sex or drugs. Just to be detailed the only thing is the violent theme of the woman having been killed in a car accident and her husband's violent outbursts. He hits walls and people a few times. Not super violent fights but he's obviously angry. At one point the man and the dog are using the fence as toilet facilities but kids will miss what they are doing and it is done
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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.