Watch DOG. Laugh, smile, cry. Grab a tissue. Thank a veteran.
DOG, MGM’s new film starring Channing Tatum—who co-directs the film with Reid Carolin—and Lulu—a Belgian Malinois dog—releases to theaters February 18. The film also stars Jane Adams, Kevin Nash, Q’orianka Kilcher, Ethan Suplee, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Nicole LaLiberté, Luke Forbes, and Ronnie Gene Blevins.
DOG is a buddy comedy that follows the misadventures of two former Army Rangers paired against their will on the road trip of a lifetime. Army Ranger Briggs (Tatum) and Lulu buckle into a 1984 Ford Bronco and race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they’ll drive each other completely crazy, break a small handful of laws, narrowly evade death, and learn to let down their guards to have a fighting chance of finding happiness.
Check out a new inside look at DOG with commentary from Channing Tatum and co-director Reid Carolin.
The movie trailer and tagline of, “A filthy animal unfit for human company… and a dog,” hints that DOG is a comedy. The film does have many lighthearted, slap-your-knee-laugh-out-loud moments of comedy. But DOG goes beyond comedy. It delves into some of the struggles combat veterans—both human and canine—face, letting audiences see that when a soldier returns from war, the battle isn’t over.
The script is well-written, segueing organically from humor to heartache and insight into the challenges soldiers face.
The film has strong acting. In his portrayal of Briggs, Tatum has the bearing of a soldier. He has great comedic timing, which is especially needful when the actor you’re working opposite can bite your face off. His comedic timing flows naturally into Briggs’ PTSD nightmares and physical reactions to his war wounds. He takes Briggs from hilarious situations to moments that leave viewers wiping away tears.
Despite the humor, DOG is not a family friendly movie. It is appropriately rated PG-13 for language, thematic elements, drug content, and some suggestive material, although I would go a bit further and say it is probably not appropriate for kids under the age of 16.
I watched DOG as more than just a movie reviewer. I am the wife of a Special Forces (Green Beret) veteran, as well as being related to many veterans. One of my relatives left the Army to become a police officer with a canine unit. By the end of watching DOG, I was wiping away tears and had to find my husband to hug him.
For me, DOG honors the men, women, and dogs, who have served our country.