Film review by Steve Duffy –
This sequel to the 2017, A Dog’s Purpose, which is based on a book by W. Bruce Cameron, is a sentimental dog treat.
Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost. Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.
Unlike in “A Dog’s Purpose” this film is centered around one character, CJ, in various ages in her life. Like CJ, most of the characters are one-dimensional and don’t stay around long enough to get invested in them.
Josh Gad’s voice work, as Bailey, is the best part of the movie. He is lighthearted and funny. He definitely keeps the narrative fun to listen too.
Dog lovers are going to love this movie regardless of how bad it is. I would wait to watch this overstuffed Lifetime movie when it is streaming for free.
Rating: PG for thematic content, some peril and rude humor
Runtime: 109 minutes