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August 9, 2019

Dog Days (2018) --- “Love Is A Four-Legged Word”

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     Elizabeth (Nina Dobrev) is an uptight anchorwoman who seeks advice from her dog's therapist, Tara (Vanessa Hudgens) is a spunky barista who dreams of a life beyond the coffee shop, Garrett (Jon Bass) pines for a woman while trying to keep his adopt-a-dog business afloat, Grace (Eva Longoria) and Kurt (Rob Corddry) are new adoptive parents struggling to make a connection with their shy and quiet daughter, Dax (Adam Pally) is a struggling musician dealing with an early life crisis, and Walter (Ron Cephas Jones) is a recent widow who seems to have lost his motivation in life. This group of people in L.A. are interconnected by the beloved canines in their lives, who soon start to influence their careers and relationships in funny and unexpected ways.

     Directed by Ken Marino (Veronica Mars actor, Children’s Hospital writer) and written by Elissa Matsueda (The Miracle Season, Spare Parts) and Erica Oyama (Fresh Off The Boat, Wanderlust), Dog Days (2018) is a charming and humorous adventure that will make you cry, laugh, smile and simply melt your heart. The film has 4 interlocking comedic stories with 2 about romance and 2 about family. The stories do quite well on their own and together they more than make up for their flaws and do better than they do apart. By flaws I mean that the stories are a bit predictable and the overall pace tends to drag near the end. Nevertheless, the film is charming and light-hearted with just enough freshness to feel like something new.
The star studded cast suffers a little bit from underused characters but the performances deliver. The human actors gave solid performances with their respective roles and their canine companions were the perfect fit for the humans. The relationship between the pet and the owner is a sacred bond on many levels and this film manages to successfully capture that bond and the film benefited all the more from it. Watching how the characters personalities unfold and change into something grander allowed for the audience to connect strongly with the characters, both human and canine, and what they go through in film.

     Overall, Dog Days (2018) is a light-hearted, charming, and humorous story that turned out better than I expected. Despite being a bit predictable and dragging near the end, the interlocking stories are able to stand apart pretty good but they thrive best in the moments when they come together. The human actors delivered solid performances and their canine counterparts were the perfect match. All in all, this is the perfect summer family flick to watch, especially if you are a dog lover. 

Final Vote --- 7.5 of 10 stars

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