Movie Review - The Stray

I'm excited to get to tell you about the movie my family and I got to watch the other day. It's called The Stray by Purdie Distribution, and there was a preview for it before Love, Kennedy. I remember thinking that it looked like it would be a great family movie and it was. And guess what?! It opens today, go check it out!

Here's the movie synopsis: The Stray tells the true story of a stray dog who saves a struggling family in more ways than one.

Written and directed by Mitch Davis (The Other Side of Heaven), the movie releases in select markets nationwide October 6, 2017.

“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.

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. Sometimes our prayers get answered in strange ways. Sometimes one dog can change everything.

My review: This movie is based on a true story, and I really liked the way the family was. As the movie starts, the family is living in LA with the dad working more and more and more hours at his job, making life harder for the whole family. I liked the way you could tell that the family believed in prayer. The dad suggests to the mom getting a dog, and the mom wants nothing to do with it. The daughter was sad that her mom said no, so she immediately started to pray about a dog. And later, when she was scared, the same little girl wanted to pray again. It seems like you don't see this kind of stuff in movies anymore, so I take note when I do. 

I liked the way the characters were portrayed. They seemed real, almost like you could walk out your door and find them outside. I liked to see just how hard the dad worked with his son to make up for the way he had been in the past and I really liked that the son eventually came around. This really was a heartwarming movie.

I liked the dog too! He showed up in a miraculous way, and miracles just seemed to follow him and the family. I loved that he was able to help really the whole family. He helped the parents strengthen their marriage, he helped the kids feel loved and that they had a friend and he helped even more when it really mattered. He really was this family's guardian angel. Pluto really did earn the title of Wonder Dog!

This movie is appropriate for the whole family. There wasn't any language to speak of, and kids of all ages will love to see Pluto and the things he does for this family. This movie will make you laugh, and cry, you'll love it!

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