In the newly released romantic comedy ‘Dog Days,’ Director Ken Marino, walks the fine line between your-run-of-the-mill storyline about humans and their pets, and compelling storytelling that warms the heart. To our pleasant surprise, the film adheres to the latter.
As it undertakes five simultaneous storylines, the film delves into various spaces the beloved pooches occupy. From the self-centered single brother who is naturally transformed over an extended dog-sitting stint for his sister who goes into labor with twins – to the single host of a local morning show who after a painful breakup deflects her feelings of rejection on Sam, her adorable mutt. Or a couple of new parents, who finally connect with their newly adopted daughter when by happenstance she comes across the adorable Mabel, a pug who lost her way home – Dog Days serves a healthy dose of levity for all audiences.
Is it hokey? Yes.
Does it exploit every possible cliche’? Yes.
But here’s the truth: this feel-good-warm-hearted fun formula is the Summer’s best bet for kids and adults at the movies, and could possibly single-handedly, help skyrocket dog adoptions in the weeks to come – and that’s a good thing – for dogs and dog lovers alike.
Cast: Nina Dobrev. as Elizabeth. Vanessa Hudgens. as Tara. Adam Pally. as Dax. Eva Longoria. as Grace. Finn Wolfhard. as Tyler. Thomas Lennon. as Greg. Rob Corddry. Tone Bell.