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A Dog Saves The Day In “Patrick”

Dog movies almost always want to make you cry. The ones that just want to make you smile are few and far between. That’s usually the case with pet centric flicks, which is good for emotion, but sometimes rough for animal lovers like yours truly. It’s nice on occasion to not go into a film with a canine companion and have to fret about an impending death. Luckily, one look at Patrick, the new dog centric comedy, and your heart will melt without ever reducing you to tears. It’s far from perfect, but it’s more than cute enough to be worthy of a recommendation.

The movie is a comedy about how a dog ends up leading a young woman to happiness. At the beginning, Sarah Francis (Beattie Edmondson) has a life that could charitably be called an absolute mess. After the death of her grandmother, for some reason it’s decided that it would be a good idea for her to have a pet. So, she’s given her grandmother’s spoiled pug Patrick in the will. Why would she do this? Well, for a while, it doesn’t seem to have a purpose. Slowly but surely, however, it seems like he may actually be the key to turning Sarah’s life around. There aren’t a lot of surprises here, but there are plenty of smiles, that’s for sure. Mandie Fletcher co-writes with Vanessa Davis and Paul de Vos, as well as handles the directing duties. Chris Goodger handles the cinematography, while the score is by Michael Price. Supporting players include Tom Bennett, Milanka Brooks, Bernard Cribbins, Peter Davison, Emilia Jones, Gemma Jones, Cherie Lunghi, Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Scarborough, Ed Skrein, and more.

This film is a lovely tribute to the impact that a dog can have on your life. To be sure, the cuteness of the pug goes a long way, but the overall tone is so charming that a smile ends up on your face for the vast majority of the running time. The pacing could have been a little bit better/tighter and the tone could have been slightly more consistent, but these are not at all major qualms. They just keep this one from becoming instantly iconic or anything. The pup in the title will certainly have his share of fans, but it will likely be only from a limited theatrical audience.

Patrick won’t just make dog lovers swoon either, as he’ll win over the hearts of anyone who lays eyes upon him. He’s just that cute. It’s an enjoyable mix of a cute dog and a heartwarming story, which goes a long way. Earlier this year, A Dog’s Way Home offered a way more intense experience, though one perhaps less family friendly, though both are designed for kids and adults alike. Your mileage may vary, and both have something to offer, but depending on who you are and who you’ll be taking, one might end up being a better option than the other.

Starting tomorrow, audiences can check this one out. An absolute must see for dog lovers, this one is. Patrick is the next iconic cinematic pooch, at least if there’s any justice in the world. He has such personality, you’ll be unable to resist his slobbery canine charms. You may have to be on the lookout for this one, as it’s mostly a limited release, but the world of Video On Demand could be a promising option. Give a look for Patrick on VOD and you’ll be pleased with what you end up finding. Especially if you love dogs, this is one to seek out…

Be sure to check out Patrick, in theaters this weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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