A Dog’s Purpose

Man's best friend.

Overall B+

In this feel-good movie, a dog (voice of Josh Gad) wonders about his purpose as he lives and relives his life as a pet to various owners.

Release date January 27, 2017

Violence C+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use C

Why is A Dog’s Purpose rated PG? The MPAA rated A Dog’s Purpose PG for thematic elements and some peril.

Run Time: 100 minutes

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A Dog’s Purpose
Rating & Content Info

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Why is A Dog’s Purpose rated PG? A Dog’s Purpose is rated PG by the MPAA for thematic elements and some peril.

Violence: Dogs of various ages are euthanized (not shown on screen). Dogs are shot (some blood shown), abandoned and stolen. Animal neglect is shown, including a dog that nearly dies from heat exhaustion when left in a locked vehicle. Playful dogs mess up houses, cause property damage, dig up a dead animal and knock over characters. Adults argue, and abusive relationships are implied. A drunken man physically threatens family members. A prank accidentally starts a fire. Characters are in peril when they are trapped inside a burning house. A teen punches another young man. Injuries to humans and animals occur. A police dog is trained to find things and take down criminals. A girl is kidnapped by an armed assailant during a domestic dispute. Guns are fired at a shooting range as well as between police and suspects. Friendly children pester pets. Dog catchers and animal shelters are shown unfavorably. Vague references are made to the Cubin Missile Crisis.

Sexual Content: A dog rolls in manure. A boy checks an animal’s droppings looking for a swallowed item. Other potty humor and mild sexual innuendo is included. A woman is seen in a bathtub (no nudity shown). Adult and teen couples kiss.

Profanity: Terms of deity are used as expletives infrequently. Name-calling and teasing occur.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink alcohol in social settings. A character, who regularly drinks after work and carries a flask, eventually becomes an alcoholic: He is shown inebriated on several occasions. It is implied that another character also has a drinking problem. Medical injections are given to animals.

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A Dog’s Purpose
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence.
Alberta PG
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Young Children.
Ontario PG Not Recommended for Young Children.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

A Dog’s Purpose is directed by Lasse Hallström and stars Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad.

This movie is based on a novel by W. Bruce Cameron.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of A Dog’s Purpose movie is May 2, 2017. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: A Dog’s Purpose
Release Date: 2 May 2017
A Dog’s Purpose releases to home video (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) with the following special features:
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes
- Lights, Camera, Woof

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