Our family enjoyed the film Life With Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment for a recent family movie night. We received a copy of the film on DVD as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. As always, all opinions are our own and links to Amazon may net us a small commission when you purchase through them.
Family movie night is something we enjoy in our house. Although, with my work schedule the past year it has been a challenge to find nights when we can all watch a film together.
So, our family movie night with Life with Dog was really more of a family movie afternoon.
About Life with Dog
Hope comes in many forms
That’s a tagline for this film as it shows the evolution of one man from despair to hope.
Joe Bigler (Corbin Bernsen) is stuck in life. His wife Alice (Marilu Henner) died in a bicycle accident. Circumstances around her death leave more questions than answers. With developers scarfing up other homes surrounding his, he begins to suspect their involvement. His mind spirals deeper and deeper into the abyss until he is convinced that they staged her death to get him to sell their home.
Then a dog enters his life.
This dog appears in his garden and then inside his home. Regardless of how persistent Joe is in trying to shoo him, the dog keeps coming back.
Never uttering a bark, Joe names him “Dog” and finds his presence an anchor to help him climb out of the abyss. His quiet presence gives Joe a glimpse of God’s love. And soon Joe is able to go down the road to recovery which includes finding out what really happened with his wife’s accident.
Corbin Bernsen – (The Young and the Restless, Billions, Major League)
Marilu Henner – (ER, In-Lawfully Yours, The Neighborhood)
Chelsey Crisp – (NCIS: New Orleans, Fresh Off the Boat)
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Our Thoughts on Life with Dog
Overall, this was a delightful film. While it is appropriate for a family movie night, I would not watch it with younger kids. This is mostly because the subject matter won’t be appreciated by them.
I would say teens and up would be better able to appreciate the thematic nature of this film. They can better understand how the death of someone can do deeply affect a person. And how in that dark space you can convince yourself of things that are not true.
My youngest son and I did talk about some themes he could understand. Like how the quiet presence of a dog can gently move a person to become more centered emotionally. And how having faith in God helps you see life events differently than someone without faith sees.
What we also talked about is how people grieve differently. How Joe “sees” Alice and has conversations with her even though she is not really there. And how undealt with grief can have someone lashing out in anger. The way Joe lashes out included attacking a bank employee and threatening a representative of the developer company with a gun.
What types of films do you pick for family movie night in your home?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the Mill Creek Entertainment review post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this book.