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Dog Days DVD Review

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“Dog Days” is ruff around the edges.

“Dog Days” is essentially “Love Actually” with dogs. Like that modern holiday classic, this is largely an ensemble piece with interconnected character stories involving a single barista, a vet, a nerdy dog rescue director, a LA morning show host, a former sports player, a pizza delivery boy, a couple expecting a child, a budding musician, a couple adopting a child, and an elderly man. While there are several love stories within this movie, much of the movie is about dogs and their owners and dogs bringing people together.

If you have dogs or are a dog person, “Dog Days” will definitely mean more to you as this is definitely a big love letter to canines. As someone who grew up in a household with many dogs, I definitely had a soft spot for this movie at times especially during the more heartwarming moments involving dogs. In fact, the Ken Marino and Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama scripted movie is at its best when it focuses on man and woman’s best friend. The dog named Charlie particularly steals every scene he is in and is the true reason the movie is as watchable as it is.

When the dogs aren’t on screen, that’s where “Dog Days” suffers. Expect to see endless cover songs (seriously, there’s a lot), dopey humor that tends to fall completely flat, montages, and cliched romances and character drama. It’s all very safe, sappy, and formulaic Hollywood stuff.

Cast wise, this movie is stuffed with talent including Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Finn Wolfhard, Thomas Lennon, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Hansen, Tig Notaro and Ron Cephas Jones. Most of the cast members give serviceable performances, but Adam Pally, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ron Cephas Jones are stand-outs. Ron is the heart of the movie, Hudgens is charming and Pally’s chemistry with Charlie the dog (the real star of the movie) deserves a special shoutout.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? This DVD contains a crisp standard definition transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The dialogue and largely irritating music sounded fine to this reviewer.

The only extras are trailers for “The Miracle Season” and “Isle of Dogs.”

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December 2, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , ,

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