A Dog’s Purpose: Review and Matinee Showing

a dog's purpose

Due to media concerns about the treatment of animals on set, this statement has been issued by A Dog’s Purpose Producer Amblin Entertainment and distributor Universal Pictures: Los Angeles, CA (January 18, 2017) – A DOG’S PURPOSE, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures, is a celebration of the special connection between humans and their dogs.  And in the spirit of this relationship, the Amblin production team followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals.
While we continue to review the circumstances shown in the edited footage, Amblin is confident that great care and concern was shown for the German Shepherd Hercules, as well as for all of the other dogs featured throughout the production of the film. There were several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure Hercules was comfortable with all of the stunts.  On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.
Hercules is happy and healthy.

The folks at Grace Hill Media, in partnership with Universal Pictures, invited us to screen the movie, A Dog’s Purpose. It is coming up for release on Friday, January 27th. They would like to invite you to show your support of this family friendly movie by attending the matinee showing on opening day.

A Dog’s Purpose, based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, explores the role a dog can have in the lives of humans. Throughout the movie, the dog (voiced by Josh Gad) seeks the purpose of his existence. This is a new take on the genre of “talking animals”. The dog is reincarnated several times, each time visiting a new family and bringing healing into their lives.

This film is characterized by many light and fun moments, but also dives into some deeper issues. A family deals with the heartbreak of an alcoholic father, a police officer chases down a kidnapper, and dog is neglected by its owner. Through it all, Josh Gad’s character brings humor and redemption to each situation.

Because of some more intense scenes, this movie might not be best for very young children. There is also a high school couple that kisses frequently, with the dog noticing and remarking that they “lick faces” a lot. Use your judgement as to what ages you are comfortable seeing this movie.

There are many great opportunities for family discussion. Do you think dogs experience life the way the film portrays it? What do you think the dog’s purpose is? How did the dog fulfill his purpose? What about the choices different characters make? How do they affect their lives, either positively or negatively?

Homeschool Movie Club is offering a curriculum for this week leading up to the opening day. It touches on science, social studies, history, math standards, sorting, creative writing, and more. Follow this link to to download the curriculum.

Grace Hill Media and Universal Pictures are specifically reaching out to the homeschooling audience. They are hoping for a great turnout on opening day, and are inviting YOU to come out and support this family friendly movie at the matinee showing on opening day, Friday, January 27th.

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