A Dog's Purpose

Synopsis: A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.
Director(s): Lasse Hallström
Production: Amblin Entertainment
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Get that out of your mouth!

Get that out

of your mouth.

Okay. Come here.

Shake your paw.

Shake your paw.

Come on. Yeah, good boy!

Turn around. Turn around.

- Come on.

- What's he saying?

-It's too many words.

Come on. Okay.

-I'm gonna do this now.

Come here.

Good job. Good job.

But one word got said

more than any other.

Bailey, Bailey,

Bailey, Bailey, Bailey.

After a while,

I came to understand

the words that mattered.

I had a boy,

and his name was Ethan.

I got a name.

My name was Bailey, Bailey,

Bailey, Bailey, Bailey.

Oh, gee, honey, I wish I'd have

known that you and Wes were...

I learned my place

in the pack.

Mom liked me.


-Dad liked me.

-Yes. Yes, no, I understand.

-A lot.

Oh, excuse me.

Hold on. Come on.

Get down a bit.

I was sad for the cat.


he wanted to be a dog.

Wasn't my fault

he couldn't be a dog.

Ethan, it's time to go to bed.

Time to turn out

the light, okay?


Okay, come on. Come on.

Come on. Come on.

- Okay.

"Don't! Don't do it, cap.

"Let him have it, bucky.

"We'll pound some sense

into this character.

"Pow! Stomp!

"It's coming right at us.

Jump for your lives!"

Ethan always came up

with such great games.

-"Boom!" -Making noise

under a blanket-- genius.


-Every night as I fell asleep,

I thought about how happy

I was that I had an Ethan.

And that I wasn't a cat.

Bailey, get in the car.

Come on, boy.

Come on!

Whenever the family wanted

me to get some fresh smells,

we all got in the car

for a ride.

Tree, toad, moss, skunk,

dead skunk, pond,

-mud, goat.

- -Goat!

Everyone was asking themself

-the same question...

"Why can't everything

smell like goat?"

Ooh, it stinks!

-Oh, look who's here!


Guess what we got.

What have you got?

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W. Bruce Cameron

William Bruce Cameron (born 1960 in Petoskey, Michigan) is an American author, columnist, and humorist. Cameron is most famous for his novel A Dog's Purpose, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and is the first book in a two book series that concludes with A Dog's Journey. The book is the basis for the movie version starring Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Peggy Lipton, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall, and released in theaters on January 27, 2017.Cameron is also the author of the best-selling self-improvement book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was later adapted into the ABC sitcom of the same name that aired between 2002 and 2005. His book, 8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter, was released in 2008, and already had a Hollywood movie deal before its publication, with 89 Films and Wendy Finerman, producer of The Devil Wears Prada. Cameron is also the author of How to Remodel a Man, which was excerpted in the August 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, and was the subject of the November 1, 2005 Oprah Show. His novel, A Dog's Purpose, was published July 2010 by Tom Doherty Associates. It was 19 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list in its hardcover release. The softcover version was released May 24, 2011. In total, A Dog's Purpose has spent a year on The New York Times Bestseller list (hardcover and paperback combined). He wrote a weekly column for around 50 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada, including Hawaii's MidWeek; "8 Simple Rules", told his humorous cautionary tales and memories of his life and was named after his bestselling book. In 2012, overwhelmed with other work, Cameron put it on hold after 689 editions. more…

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