Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mill Creek Entertainment - Life With Dog - A Crew Review

Summer vacation is beginning for many of you, and that means that you'll be looking for some things to occupy your family's time now and then. Mill Creek Entertainment  graciously provided us with a copy of the DVD, Life With Dog to watch and review. We love a good movie day around here, so we were happy to check it out.

Hope comes in many forms, so says the cover of this DVD. In this case, it comes through Dog, as he comes to be known. The movie begins with a somber tone, as we view the scene of an accident by aerial view. It is the place where Alice, played by actress Marilu Henner, has been killed in a bicycle accident. The setting changes to a somewhat neglected home, where Alice's husband Joe, played by actor Corbin Bernsen, has secluded himself. 

It quickly becomes apparent that Joe is not handling his wife's death well. He still has conversations with her, during which he has visions of her talking back with him. We see that she was a stabilizing element in his life, and without her, he is prone to impulsive behavior. His daughter, Zoe, played by actress Chelsey Crisp, is worried about his increasingly erratic behavior. Joe is neglecting the bills, the house, and becomes more and more paranoid over the circumstances surrounding the death of Alice. Then, along comes Dog.

Dog, is played by *ahem* actor, lol, Monty. Monty is a somewhat careworn looking dog who seems to have the ability to break down Joe's emotional walls. He comes to be known as Dog, and a fixture in the home. Little does Joe realize that this gentle, and even wise canine might be the key to solving the mystery of Alice's death.

 I have to say that when it comes to most "Christian" movies, I don't get my hopes up . I admit that our family finds the bulk of them trite and yes, cheesy. So, I wasn't sure what to think, and my two daughters felt the same way. We sat down as a family to watch, and were pleased to find that this was better than we had hoped. There are elements of suspense throughout the film that kept us intrigued, and Corbin Bernsen as Joe was quite the presence onscreen. My 15 year old, who can be a tough sell on family movies, complimented the movie on its excitement and mystery. 

Our daughters are 13 years, and 15 years, and I would say that is an appropriate age for viewing the movie, because of the subject matter, and tone. A few warnings to parents of littles though,  towards the end, there is a scene where Joe is putting up flyers to find the owner of Dog, and he writes on them that the dog is a pain in the a**.  There are also a few scenes where Joe gets aggressive with a gun, threatening to shoot someone. This is not really a movie for the younger ones.

Though not a light hearted film, it is thought provoking, and may allow for some good conversations with family. If that sounds appealing, then follow the links, and pick up the movie.

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