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"Pluto" comes out of nowhere and quickly makes himself at home with the Davis family, who are on the brink of falling apart. Dad (Michael Cassidy; Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) is a career-driven workaholic who is neglecting his marriage and family. Mom (Sarah Lancaster; Chuck, Saved by the Bell: The New Class) is at her wit's end raising three young kids. The last thing they need is another mouth to feed. Or is it? In just a short time with the Davis family, Pluto the "wonderdog" manages to save a lost toddler, bring comfort and companionship to a hurting 9-year-old boy (Connor Corum; Heaven is for Real), help restore a marriage, and repair a broken father-son relationship. Pluto is not only a guard dog – he’s a guardian angel.
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Faith-based family drama could distress dog lovers.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Stray is a family-oriented drama based on the experiences that director Mitch Davis and his family had with Pluto, a stray dog that saved the family many times, in various ways. Although the movie is subtly faith based and has relatively little iffy material (a married couple kisses, "crap"/"crapped" is said a couple of times, along with a partial "bastards"), there are some distressing scenes, particularly (spoiler alert) for viewers sensitive to pet deaths. The disturbing moments include a toddler running out into the street, a boy getting bullied on the playground and bus, and a dog sacrificing his life for his humans. The dog's body is shown more than once, and there's even an extended funeral for him. But there are also strong messages about putting family first and opening your heart to the joys and blessings of a dog/pet.
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- Genre:Drama, Family
- Release Date:October 6, 2017
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD