The Art of Racing in the Rain
- 1h 49m
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A dog named Enzo recalls the life lessons he has learned from his race car driving owner, Denny.
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Critics Consensus: Its heartstring-tugging overtures may be difficult for dog lovers to resist, but The Art of Racing in the Rain is sentimental and contrived.
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Common Sense Says
Weepy wisdom dispensed in dog drama about life and loss.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Art of Racing in the Rain is a very emotional drama told from a dog's point of view. It's based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein and uses racing analogies to explain how to steer through life's most difficult challenges. That metaphor may connect with teens, but it will likely be lost on younger kids, who may also be upset by the movie's sadder scenes. Spoiler alert: It's not just a dog who dies in this movie, but also the loving mother of a young child, who first suffers a prolonged illness and is shown bald, weak, and vomiting. While the film suggests some beautiful ways to think about death and says that there's nothing to fear, you're still going to cry. Fears of parental separation could also arise for some kids: The villains here are the grandparents who "just want what's best" for their 8-year-old granddaughter, and they use their money, false allegations, and the court system to take her away from her dad. All of that said, the film has fantastic messages about the bumpy road of life, and it shows why dogs are such wonderful support animals. Milo Ventimiglia stars, with Kevin Costner as the voice of his loyal dog, Enzo.
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- Genre:Drama, Comedy
- Release Date:August 9, 2019
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