Life with Dog is a family movie from Mill Creek Entertainment.
Corbin Bernsen does an amazing job portraying a bitter man who has lost his wife to a hit and run accident.
I was impressed with Corbin Bernsen's acting in the movie and then found out that he wrote, directed, and helped produce the movie! My family enjoys watching him in old Psych television reruns where he plays Shaun's father.
Anyway, back to the movie. Joe Bigler, the main character, is struggling with depression after his wife dies unexpectedly. He is determined to find the driver of the truck that hit his wife. His temper gets the best of him in several scenes and he ends up being hauled off to jail twice. Still, you have compassion for this angry man who has lost the love of his life.
The movie was excellent as far as acting, settings, scenes, and camera angels. It was very professional.
I watched it with two adult children and two younger children. Let me be honest. It was a sad movie. I kept waiting for it to get bright and sunny, as did the younger children.
However, Life with Dog is an amazing look at grief and how it turns you inside out. He has conversations with his dead wife and I explained to the children that it's hard to realize your spouse is gone so widows and widowers often continue to talk to their spouse after they die. In fact, it reminded me of a time after my momma died and I was waiting for Daddy to wake up from a nap. He called for Mom! I sobbed like a baby. My sorrow mingled with his. Watching this movie brought back sad memories for me, but I'm glad I saw the movie.
It reminded me of the process of grief and was an honest look at the process of grief.
It was also an honest look at those who have no hope in Jesus. Joe Bigler doesn't believe in Jesus even though his wife was a devoted Christian. His daughter has found faith in Christ, too and tries to share that faith with Joe in the movie. She even sends her pastor to see him.
The climax of the movie is when Joe, after tracking him down, confronts the man who hit his wife with his truck. It is a very moving scene. I love the twist at the end related to the dog, but won't spoil it for you.
This movie has the potential to lead to many meaningful family discussions. Parents and teens can explore grief. They can explore faith and unbelief. It was also be a great starting point to discuss how to reach people like Joe who are filled with bitterness.
I do recommend it for teens, rather than children as there is a lot of anger and sadness mingled together and at times confusing for children. Teens will appreciate it.
You can purchase Life with Dog at Wal-Mart starting on June 4, 2019. You can also purchase Life with Dog online at Amazon here.
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