For this review, Mill Creek Entertainment sent us a DVD copy of Life With Dog. I have to admit, this movie was not what I expected. It was so much more.
Honestly, when I read the title Life With Dog, I thought I would be getting an adorable story about a dog’s life. The movie stars Corbin Bernsen, Marilu Henner and Chelsey Crisp. I adore movies with Corbin Bersen and Marilu Henner. I’d never heard of Chelsey Crisp before this but she’s an endearing soul who I look forward to seeing star in more movies in the future. Anyways, between the actors and the title, I thought this movie was going to be good and kid friendly since it’s Dove recommended.
Life With Dog shares the story of Joe Bigler and a mishappen dog that finds his way into Joe’s heart. Joe’s life is spent doubting. His wife, Alice, was the one filled with faith, that always looked positively on life. Joe was the one who questioned, who needed proof to see truth, who struggled with his connection to God.
After a tragic bicycle accident that took Alice’s life, and the light out of Joe’s, he struggles even more to find his way. He begins to believe that there was a hidden agenda behind Alice’s death when he’s approached by developers who wish to purchase their home. He struggles with depression and becomes paranoid, even with his own family. His days are dark and ominous.
But one day, Dog shows up in Joe’s garden and he touches Joe’s heart in a way no one else is able to. He brings Joe happiness that he’s been missing, and Joe finds his smile again. He helps Joe cope with his pain. He silently offers love and understanding during Joe’s dark days, helping Joe find the courage and strength to grieve the love that he’s lost.
I have to be honest. I wouldn’t recommend this movie for small children, like my Jack. The movie is very impacting, moving, full of emotion, regret, forgiveness – all those wonderful things that make movies good. But the movie is also full of dramatic edginess, loss, heartache, grieving and things that I, for one, try to limit my younger children’s interaction with. For an older child that can understand grief and anguish, it would be great. For a younger child still learning to cope with these things, I would avoid it.
Due to the events of the past week, this movie was really hard for me to watch, but since I was obligated for review, I did. It left me in tears. Life is short and accidents can happen at any moment that change your world forever. Sometimes it’s hard to see the reasons behind those events until much later in life. Sometimes you never find the reasons at all. Yet still we have to continue on living, even in pain, even in loss. Hope, Faith, Love often are needed to get us through, and sometimes that comes from a beloved, beguiling friend like Dog.
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