Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On DOG DAYS
From acclaimed production company LD Entertainment (The Zookeeper's Wife, Jackie, and Megan Leavey) and Director Ken Marino comes Dog Days. Dog Days is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. When these human and canine's paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.
Dog Days stars Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally, Rob Corddry, Tone Bell, Jon Bass, Michael Cassidy, Thomas Lennon, Tig Notaro, and Ron Cephas.
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The film hits theaters today, so check out what the critics are saying below:
Cath Clarke, The Guardian: "You get the sense that it was written for an all-star cast, but then, well, Jen is a more of a cat person and Eva Longoria was available. Longoria plays Grace, the new adoptive mother of an adorable six-year-old girl who is A Little Bit Sad but otherwise shows no signs of trauma or loss. (Because God forbid anything like a believable human emotion get in the way of the uplift). Mother and daughter bond over an overweight pug they find lost in the park. The dog's owner is a retired English professor (Ron Cephas Jones), helped by a pizza delivery kid (Wolfhard) in his search for the missing pup. Adam Pally plays a slacker musician left holding the doggie when his frazzled sister gives birth to twins. Vanessa Hudgens is a barista who finds purpose in life when she volunteers at a dog rescue centre, looking after a chihuahua with a hole in its skull."
Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald: "People enthralled by dogs will completely buy this movie. They'll walk out of the theater with big smiles on their faces, gushing positive adjectives about cuddly canines and how criminal it is for someone - like me - to not feel the same."
Katie Walsh, Lincoln Journal Star: "The script for "Dog Days" gets off to a very rocky start, with some painfully outdated gender-based jokes. In fact, it opens on the repeated misgendering of dog therapist Danielle (Tig Notaro), which is played like a slapstick routine, and simply doesn't land. The unfunny heteronormative jokes continue throughout the character introductions, relying on cheap gay panic laughs from jokes about men finding other men attractive."
Kevin Maher, The Times: "Imagine an LA-set ensemble such as Robert Altman's Short Cuts, where the factor that unites the characters is not existential despair but dogs. Or imagine another LA-set ensemble, Valentine's Day, where the uniting factor is not romantic love but dogs. That's the essence of this movie, an LA-set ensemble that pings between couples, siblings and bickering strangers as all problems are solved and all wounds are healed by dogs."