Dog Days Movie Review: A Good Kids Movie?

Dog Days Movie Review

Is it a kids movie?Dog Days Movie Review: Great Kids Movie

Any movie that features a chihuahua in a helmet gets a thumbs up from me.  Add in an overweight pug and it’s a slam dunk.

This movie was adorable.

I love romantic comedies—the cheesier, the better.  And I love dogs.  So before the Dog Days film even started, I knew I was going to like it.

What I didn’t anticipate was how much I would not only relate to the story but root for these characters.

The Dogs Days Movie Story Line

RATING: PG

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 52 minutes

The premise of Dog Days is that dogs bring people together; that they make people better versions of themselves.

The movie is set up a lot like New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day…those movies where the characters’ stories are told before you know how they will all intertwine. You get to see everyone’s story develop separately. Then, slowly the story comes together.

The ensemble cast of this movie included some of my favorites; Eva Longoria, Thomas Lennon, Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) and Ron Cephas Jones (of This is Us fame).

Dog Days walks us through the lives of a TV personality, a new mother of twins and her screw up brother, a young twenty-something with a degree she can’t use, and a widower, to name a few. There are many moments where I laughed out loud, most memorably a scene in an elevator involving mace and a dog in an equipment case.

There were also moments that made me cry, both happy tears and sad.  I don’t want to give too much away, but what I loved was that the scenes were played very well by the characters  They weren’t overacted or overly cheesy.

Grace, a new mom to an adopted daughter, made me laugh through my happy tears when she awkwardly hugs a total stranger.  At one point a dog doesn’t make it, and of course, I am crying. The Dog Days movie manages to take that moment and add a comedic twist that again, made me laugh through my tears.

You end up rooting for characters to become couples, dogs to be adopted, and a pet rescue shelter to find a new home.

An added bonus to this movie is the soundtrack. There is a breakfast dance party to WannaBe by the Spice Girls, and the movie features several funk style covers of 80s and 90s hits by a band called Pink Ape, featuring Jasmine Cephas Jones (Ron Cephas Jones’ daughter). My personal favorite was You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff).  I’m still an NKOTB fan, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

The movie is rated PG, so it’s definitely okay to bring your kids to. There was enough of the cute dogs in it that it kept my 6 and 8-year-olds’ attention. There was definitely humor in it meant for adults, including a dog who eats an entire batch of pot brownies, but there was nothing that I worried about my children seeing.

Dog Days was cute, heartwarming and funny. 

It was definitely worth the watch.  I will be going to see it again before it’s out of the theater.  In the words of my six-year-old daughter (who thought the press seat was the coolest thing ever) “it made my eyes leak a little and it made me laugh.”

 

Dog Days Cast:

Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria, Rob Corddry, Tone Bell, Jon Bass, Michael Cassidy, Thomas Lennon, Tig Notaro, Finn Wolfhard and Ron Cephas Jones

You can find more info about Dog Days at the official Dog Days Film page.

Be sure to check out the movie with your family at any of the B&B theaters!

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