Dog Days Aug08

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Dog Days

Dog Days is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.”

So says the promo material.

The truth is, Dog Days is entertaining, and it does look like everyone involved with this film poured heart & soul into it. But as for lives changing in ways they never expected…well, perhaps they didn’t expect it, but the audience could see the changes coming from a mile away. If you’re expecting the unexpected…expect to be disappointed. But if your looking for a feel-good flick that is fun and furry, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, you could do worse.

Dog Days is not a hilarious, unpredictable summer blockbuster, but it is good-natured and genuinely humorous, and manages a few laugh out loud moments. A hybrid rom-com/family-com/bro-com with a pretty solid cast that includes folks like Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Jon Bass, Adam Pally, and newcomer Finn Wolfhard (the kid from Netflix’s Stranger Things, who gets to utter his now famous line, “I’m coming in”), Dog Days has the added advantage of a multitude of precious pooches to add to the adorableness (chihuahua with the fashionable bike helmet cracks me up).

For the most part Dog Days keeps it light and fluffy. There’s no real evil villain, although there’s a wealthy veterinarian who is a bit of a self-centered jerk, and everyone lives happily ever after (Wait, did I just give away how their lives were changed in ways they never expected? Oh, snap.) A bit of rude humor keeps it from being completely family friendly (note to filmmakers: dogs humping human legs is only funny to 11-year-old boys. Stop it!) Overall, for a family night at the movies, Dog Days is a solid choice.