Life With Dog Movie REVIEW

We love reviewing movies, so I was super excited when a review for Life With Dog came up for review from Mill Creek Entertainment. The DVD release for Life With Dog is JUNE 4 2019, and you can go to Walmart to pick up a copy on that day! Want to sit back and order online? Totally ok! It's also available on Amazon

Life With Dog is 106 running time minutes of drama that has been Dove Seal approved for ages twelve and up, though I didn't see anything overtly inappropriate for younger ages. There is an instance such as both man and dog "going to the bathroom" on a fence outside, but I don't see that as terribly inappropriate especially if you've ever had young boys who thought they could pee on anything outdoors during the potty training phase haha. Younger kiddos may not connect with the overall themes of the film, and may not be interested in the drama style. 

The film begins with the main character, a non believer named Joe Bigler, as his Christian faith holding wife Alice dies unexpectedly in a tragic bike accident. With many questions, and no real answers, Joe allows his grief and anger to take over. Joe and Alice lived together in an area where big time developers are buying up properties. Joe can't help but to question whether or not the development company has had something to do with his wife's death. Talking to his now dead wife, and sure she's answering him, he's left alone with a house in shambles, bill scattered about, and a wandering mind, Joe convinces himself the developers staged her death to get him to sell his property to them.

Like her mother, Joe's daughter tries to convince him to speak to her pastor. She's a Christian believer, and she feels like talking about the events with her pastor will help her dad through the grieving process, allowing him to sort through his emotions and feelings. As you can imagine, Joe isn't too fond of this idea. He shares his anger and hurt at calling on God to first save his son, and then his wife, and losing both with the preacher. 

Eventually, a dog shows up in Joe's yard. He tries, repeatedly, to shoo the dog away and...yep you guessed it, the dog refuses to leave. He keeps coming back, never barking, never getting into trouble...just there, making his presence known to the man, relentlessly. Mr. B really liked these parts because he thought it was pretty funny watching the man get so upset over the dog being there. Eventually we see the man humble himself, sharing his companionship and food with the dog. It's quite something to see the transformation take place from anger filled disdain for this creature that has disrupted his normal day to day, to befriending him.

Dog plays an important role in the film because he ultimately leads Joe to the van that killed his wife. Joe now has closure, and an important decision to make. He can continue on through life as an angry, hurt, shell of himself unable to forgive, or he can forgive this man for killing his wife. Which choice will he make?

Our Thoughts

Dog is a scruffy, "dog next door" type of dog that really does win hearts. Corbin Bernsen does a fantastic job as Joe. Bernsen has a very extensive filmography in both TV and Film, spanning from the 1960s to present day. He is able to capture the essence of Joe Bigler, and we can see and feel the emotion coursing through him while he tries to deal with the grief over his wife's death. We do not see Joe professing his faith to God in an in your face BAM here it is fashion. Instead, we are left to our own wanderings, and the need to piece together context clues, to determine if we think he grew in his faith. Considering he went from a very angry, hopeless widower to a forgiving man makes be believe he did truly grow in his faith. This film is better suited for adults just because I don't think the plot is something kids would be particularly drawn to. For the most part. Mr. B played in the floor and ignored the film. He laughed with Joe was angry with Dog, and he giggled as they shared a can of soup, comparing Dog to our own pets, but the overall theme of dealing with grief is not his cup of tea. M and I very much enjoyed this, and think it's great for a family movie night when you are wanting to watch something easy to follow.

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