A Dog's Purpose | Chicago Reader

A Dog's Purpose

In this gooey melodrama from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat), a dog's spirit, given voice by Josh Gad, is reincarnated in a series of canine bodies to serve humans and ascertain "the meaning of life." In the cliched story that bookends the film, a boy growing up in the 1960s tries to copes with his alcoholic dad, and 40 years later, when the boy is grown, grives for a lost love. The dog's lives in between, as a K9 for a Chicago police officer and a companion for a lonely female college student, are much more interesting, yet noticeably rushed and underdeveloped. Gad's voice-over often seems incongruous with the dogs' onscreen behavior, and he’s rarely as funny or touching as he tries to be. With Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, and Peggy Lipton.

Credits

Director:

  • Lasse Hallström

Cast:

  • Josh Gad
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Peggy Lipton
  • Bryce Gheisar
  • K.J. Apa
  • Juliet Rylance
  • Luke Kirby
  • Gabrielle Rose
  • Michael Bofshever
  • Britt Robertson
  • Logan Miller
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste
  • Pooch Hall
  • John Ortiz
  • Nicole LaPlaca
  • Primo Allon

Producers:

  • Gavin Polone
  • Alan Blomquist
  • Mark Sourian
  • Lauren Pfeiffer

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