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A Dog's Way Home

A Dog's Way Home
A Dog's Way Home
A Dog's Way Home
  • PG
  • 1h 36m
  • 2019
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A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A Dog's Way Home may not quite be a family-friendly animal drama fan's best friend, but this canine adventure is no less heartwarming for its familiarity.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sentimental but sweet dog adventure has intense, sad scenes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Dog's Way Home, like 2017's A Dog's Purpose, is based on one of author W. Bruce Cameron's books. In this case, the central canine is Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard), who embarks upon a perilous 400-mile, two-plus-year journey to get back to her human companion after an unexpected separation. Although there's no dog death or reincarnation as in A Dog's Purpose, there are several disturbing/potentially upsetting scenes, including (spoiler alert!) the tragic death of a homeless man who had chained Bella to him to keep her close, an avalanche, mention of animals being euthanized, confrontations between Bella and wolves, injuries to animals (including an offscreen gun shot), and sad/upsetting separations, some of which end with Bella saying "I never saw them again." That said, dog-loving families who can handle the emotional roller coaster will enjoy the movie's messages about perseverance, empathy, and the incredibly strong bonds between dogs and their humans. Expect a little bit of very mild language ("hell," "stupid," "moron"), some background drinking, and a bit of affection between both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:January 9, 2019
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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