For our family movie night, we watched Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment. As a parent, I am always on the lookout for quality movies for our family to watch, and the Christian movie, Life with Dog fulfilled our requirements. We received a physical copy of the movie as well as a code to allow us to digitally download the movie from the site.
Mill Creek Entertainment is a provider of value-priced DVD movies and compilations. Their product line includes both contemporary and classic films, television series, documentaries, kids programming along with independent films, fitness, and more.
This dramatic film is one hour and forty-six minutes long. Therefore I feel it may be better suited for older children and teens. However, the film does not have an actual rating, I believe it is appropriate for ages 12 and up. However, families can use their own discretion. This drama opens with a scene of a bicycle crash and first-responders loading someone into an ambulance. The film then changes to a scene of Joe Bigler, who is alone and missing his wife who died recently.
This movie does an excellent job of showing how God meets us where we are in a way that is meaningful to us. Joe’s wife Alice had all the faith, while Joe had all the doubt. Without her and without faith in God, Joe lost his way. Joe and Alice’s daughter, who also has faith, tries to reach her father but is unsuccessful. She then tried to get their pastor to reach Joe, but that does not work either. Joe completely resists all attempts to bring him to God.
Finally, a dog mysteriously appears in Joe’s yard and refuses to leave. “Dog” as Joe names it succeeds at reaching Joe and helps him to start healing and finding faith. Like many who suffer from horrible events, Joe wants nothing to do with God and religion. I have to say our family appreciated how the storyline developed and details slowly emerged.
There is a couple of scenes where Joe wields a gun while trying to get answers about his wife’s death. But nothing he does seems to get him answers or closure. In addition, to his wife the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death, we learn Joe and Alice also lost a son years ago. These two instances helped develop Joe’s resistance to God and religion. He reached out to God in both instances for help and did not get the answer he was looking for at the time. However, Dog is able to help Joe find God and the peace he has been looking for in the end.
Our family appreciated Dog’s personality. We loved how he nodded and more at various points in the movie. He truly was the right dog for the job. We also appreciated the scene where Norm comes to see Joe about buying the house, and Joe decides his name should be Chad instead.
The most prominent and important message found in the movie for our family is one of forgiveness. By forgiving the man who accidentally hit Joe’s wife which results in her death, Joe is able to move on with his life.
Oh and be sure if you watch the movie to not think things are immediately over when the credits begin to roll, or you might miss one of the best parts of the movie.
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So if you are looking for a Christian movie for your Family Movie Night, check out Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment for yourself. You can also find the movie on Amazon for rent or sale here.
Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew are also reviewing this movie this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Crew.