A Dog’s Purpose
Man's best friend.
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A Dog’s Purpose
Rating & Content Info
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.
Page last updated January 27, 2017
|Manitoba||PG||Not Recommended for Young Children.|
|Ontario||PG||Not Recommended for Young Children.|
|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.