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I shared last week about the Homeschool Movie Club and how they selected A Dog’s Purpose for Homeschool Movie Day on January 27, 2017. And, we attended the Homeschool Movie Club showing of this feature film.
About A Dog’s Purpose
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A DOG’S PURPOSE shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the purpose of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
When you watch the trailer below, you get a greater sense of the film.
A Dog’s Purpose: Love of Our Own Pets
While we do not have any pets at the moment, we have had dogs in our lives. Each had such a distinct personality and impact upon our lives.
My older boys remember our last dog, Amber.
She was such a sweet gal. An Irish Setter, she was small for her breed most likely due to Parvo virus in the kennel where she was born.
She was so loving and patient when the boys were little. When I was pregnant, she’d curl up on the beat up couch we owned and place her head on my belly.
Our Thoughts on A Dog’s Purpose
Overall, the boys and I give this film a thumbs up.
I will say that there are a few key things to consider when evaluating whether to let your child watch the film.
First off, there is the idea of reincarnation. Reincarnation is present in the story line as the main character (the dog) is reborn. He is seeking out what his purpose in life is.
Using reincarnation is an interesting way to approach the search for purpose. Young children are still internalizing what happens after death. Maybe they have the party line of people going to heaven. But, animals aren’t often addressed. As we have not talked much about this belief with my youngest, I prepared for the questions to come. Watching the movie allowed for a discussion about different beliefs regarding the afterlife.
If you do not want to tackle the reincarnation issue with a child quite yet, then wait to see the film.
The second item is related. As the dog is reincarnated in the film, he/she also has to die in the film. Everyone has a different level of tolerance when it comes to death scenes.
Most of the transitions were peaceful times, even though the owners were sad to lose their pet. But, one is coupled with violence. In that life, the dog was as a police dog. She ends up shot in the line of duty saving her handler.
Both my youngest son and I were teary eyed at different points of the film. I actually found the ending to bring tears to my eyes. A death is not present at the end. Instead, I had tears of happiness. The end shows an overall life purpose for the dog which seems to have been fulfilled.
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