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A Dog’s Purpose – Review

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a dog's purposeIf you are a dog owner, I am sure you have, at one point or another, had the  thought, “I wonder what my dog is thinking right now.” Amblin Entertainment’s newest movie, ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ sets out to give us that answer by sharing a dog’s perspective on the world they live in. This movie will get you to experience some of the many different emotions a dog could go through –  happiness, laughter and sadness. Dogs are known as ‘man’s best friend’ and generally make people happy. What could be better than a movie completely dedicated to our furry best friends? Because I am a dog lover, I knew I would need to see this movie. 

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ follows one dog’s journey through many different lives. Yes – you read that right. MANY different lives. During one of his lives, a puppy meets a young boy named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). They form a friendship that cannot be broken. Ethan names his new pup Bailey, and they end up doing everything together. Through Bailey’s many lives, he wonders a lot about why he is ‘here’ and what his ‘purpose’ is. For every new owner he has, he learns another lesson about the importance of love and laughter. 

While I truly believe that ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ was adorable and had a few important messages behind it, I do feel as though the story line was a bit scattered.  I do not want to give away any spoilers, so I will not be going into too much detail. At some points during the film, I felt unsure of what I was supposed to be feeling. Bottom line, this movie was really sweet and could teach about the important things in life. I laughed, I smiled and I cried a whole lot! 

‘A Dog’s Life’ is rated PG for “thematic elements and some peril.” I would say be cautious when thinking of bringing your little ones. The movie does touch on a few themes that you may not be comfortable with younger children seeing. Worth noting (and a potential SPOILER – you have been warned), the film depicts the reincarnation of Bailey many times –  which brings up the point that the movie does hint at the dog’s passing each time.

a dog's purpose‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is a beautiful movie that can make you cry and laugh all at the same time! The many different dogs and puppies were great and there is no shortage of cuteness in this movie. I would recommend this movie for any dog lovers. “A Dog’s Purpose’ is such an important reminder of why we should take care of our furry family members and why they are our best friends! 

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid.

A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist, Mark Sourian and Lauren Pfeiffer, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.

Jem and the Holograms: Movie Review

Earlier this week, the Princess Rockstar and I were invited to preview the new Universal movie, Jem and the Holograms! Princess Rockstar had seen the previews and was excited, although she had no idea who Jem or the Holograms were. Yes, call it a parenting fail, if you must.

jem and the hologramsJem and the Holograms is a loose remake of an ’80’s cartoon series that featured music, holograms, make-up and the obligatory bad guy. And yes, all of that is included in the remake, just not in the way that a real Jem fan may be expecting. The movie is aimed at the tween crowd, relying heavily on social media and self imagery. There is a LOT of social media use in this film, almost to the point of overuse. “Trending on Twitter” could  have been a phrase that trended on twitter, it was used that much. People of all ages relied on Instagram as a way to leave messages for Jem on how she had helped them cope with depression or needing to stand up for themselves. The main message one can take from this movie is that you should use your gifts to inspire. Feel confident in yourself and be the best YOU you can be.

If you are a real Jem fan, expecting a real-life adventure from the series you remember, this may not be the movie for you. If you are looking for a tweeny movie, with colorful make-up and hair with a lot of tween-catchy music, then this is a refreshing movie to see. I will say that Molly Ringwald was great and I wish that her screen presence was larger.

Princess Rockstar offered her expert 8-year-old opinion on this movie.

“I liked the movie. It was really cool she became a rock star. When Synergy worked, I thought she was cool! She had a lot of data, like the GPS stuff and the adventure she took the girls on. The movie even had Instagram pictures and videos. I really, really liked the music. The music is fun – it makes you want to jump up and dance! I don’t know anything about the Misfits.”

And there is your spoiler, folks! Once the credits roll, DO NOT LEAVE!!! For me, this was one of the highlights if the movie. Jem and the Holograms is in theaters now! Are you planning on seeing it? Tell me what you thought!

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.  In Universal Pictures’ Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.

Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up series, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the musical adventure stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis.  Jem and the Holograms, based on the iconic Hasbro animated TV series, is written by Ryan Landels and produced by Chu, Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun for SB Projects, Bennett Schneir, and Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis of Hasbro Studios.