Movie Review: Dog Days
A group of adorable canines provides an interesting look into the lives of a dozen or so humans in this heartwarming romantic comedy that has the spirit of a Gary Marshall holiday-themed romcom in Dog Days, now playing in theaters.
But who doesn’t love dogs? Dax (Adam Pally), a lazy musician, isn’t too fond of having a dog in his life. He is tasked by his pregnant sister (Jessica St. Clair) to dog-sit her pet, Charlie, which is a challenge since his apartment doesn’t allow dogs. Tara (Vanessa Hudgens), a barista who lives in the same building as Dax, finds her purpose in life when she volunteers at a dog rescue center. Garrett (Jon Bass), who happens to own that center, has a thing for Tara, but the subject of her affection is on a hunky vet (Michael Cassidy).
Grace (Eva Longoria) is a new adoptive mother of a six-year-old girl who is just a little bit shy. That all changes when they find an overweight pug lost in the park and begin to bond. However, that pug belongs to a retired English professor (Ron Cephas Jones), who gets a helping hand from a pizza delivery boy (Finn Wolfhard) to help locate the missing dog.
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Finally, we have Elizabeth (Nina Dobrev), a newscaster dealing romantically with her new co-anchor and ex-NFL player Jimmy Johnston (Tone Bell) when she isn’t seeing her dog’s shrink Danielle (Tig Notaro, who steals the few scenes she is in with straight-faces authority).
The cast is brilliant and director Ken Marino drops in plenty heartwarming and humorous moments that will leave you laughing and crying. Dog Days is one of those movies that could have been corny and predictable but ends up becoming something of a treat.