"Life With Dog" movie review

Jenny/ June 3, 2019/ Homeschool Reviews


We love to watch good movies together as a family, and I am always on the lookout for new ones.  So, when we were given the opportunity to review “Life with Dog”  by Mill Creek Entertainment I was excited!


Warning:. Spoiler alert!


This movie is about an older man whose wife has just been mysteriously killed on her daily bicycle ride. He has not been able to deal with this and has turned bitter, angry and paranoid.  His only living child, an adult daughter, is very concerned about him and tries to get him to get counseling or help from someone for his obsession with his wife’s death (what he believes was a murder).  His anger at God is evident.  He refuses help and becomes even more of a recluse. 


What I liked about the movie:

  • The acting was good and realistic.

  • The storyline was believable, especially if you know someone who has dealt with a deep loss.  I personally know several people who have turned completely bitter over the loss of their spouse. 

  • It showed the truth about the man’s faith, which was built on sand and completely dependent upon his wife, who had a strong faith.

  • The unexpected, unwanted dog was a good addition to the movie.


What I didn’t like:

  • Some of the details seemed to be tossed in last minute, such as the death of their son. You’re left wondering exactly what happened.

  • The dog doesn’t play as prominent a role as you would imagine by the title.

  • The appearance of his dead wife in his home was “creepy” to my children. As adults we understood that it was his imagination. Our children, however, couldn’t understand that she wasn’t coming back to life.

  • The ending left something to be desired. I never understood if he had come to accept Christ as his Savior or just acknowledged he needed to move on. There is some closure at the end, though.


What I thought about the movie overall:

  • I liked how the daughter refused to step out of her dad’s life even though he continually pushed back at her. She also shares her faith inspire of his criticism. 

  • It made me examine myself to make sure I had a living faith and not a faith that is dependent on someone else.

  • I’m not going to tell the ending, but it made you realize that even small choices can have HUGE consequences!

In conclusion, I would like to suggest that you watch this movie. (I don’t really recommend it for younger children because of its heavy message). Its not exactly a feel-good, happy ending movie though, however, it can be a good catalyst to getting involved in someone else’s life (especially someone who is grieving).  You might possibly be helping to prevent another catastrophe!


I would also like to note that this product will be available at Wal-Mart on June 4, 2019!  And its also going to be available at Amazon!


Check out what our other reviewers thought about this movie at the link below!










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About Jenny

Jenny is a homeschooling mom of 4 and wife to a wonderful husband. She enjoys reading, a good cup of coffee, and spending time outdoors with her family. You can find her writing about Jesus, homeschooling, and life on her blog Our Inconvenient Family, and contributing regularly at Lifeschooling Conference.

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