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“A Dog’s Purpose”
Adeline Harper
“A Dog’s Purpose,” directed by Lasse Hallström, covers the themes of loyalty, grief, and dealing with a broken family over a dog’s adventure living many lives.

One of junior Maddie Hoyer’s favorite movies is “A Dog’s Purpose.”

A dog lives through the lives of multiple canines over the course of five decades, touching the lives of multiple humans. Throughout this adventure, the dog creates a strong bond with a man named Ethan, never leaving his side despite the challenges they face. Ultimately the dog realizes its purpose, to bring love and joy into the lives of humans and to support his friend Ethan. 

“A Dog’s Purpose” stars actors Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Peggy Lipton, Dennis Quaid, and Josh Gad. The film is directed by Lasse Hallström.

What did you enjoy about this film/series?

“It was very sad but sweet and it showed all the different ways dogs can affect your life for the better,” Hoyer said. “I have three dogs, so it was sentimental”

What motivated you to watch this film/series?

“I have three dogs and it looked like a good movie when I watched the preview,” Hoyer said.

What was the most memorable part of this film/series?

“It was sad,” Hoyer said. “[The movie] goes through the lives of multiple people with their different dogs and they all end up dying, showing the dog’s purpose which was to make their owner happy.”

How is this film/series different from others that you have watched?

“It was very moving,” Hoyer said. “It was emotional, makes you think and appreciate your dogs.”

What other films similar to this one would you recommend?

“‘Marley and Me’,” Hoyer said. “[It has] the same concept of showing [a] dog’s purpose as Marley grows up and you get to watch how Marley affects the family.”

“A Dog’s Purpose” is available to watch on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV.

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