Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined. Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad, Frozen) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his "boy," Ethan (Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship) and Ethan’s wife, Hannah (Marg Helgenberger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin, Netflix’s GLOW), 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, 24: Legacy) and CJ’s best friend, Trent (Henry Lau, Oh My Venus), experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and a few really good belly rubs. Directed by two-time Emmy® Award winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose, Zombieland) and written by returning screenwriters W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron. The film, from Amblin Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment, in association with Walden Media and Alibaba Pictures, is distributed by Universal Pictures domestically, and by Universal and Amblin Partners internationally. Mancuso’s talented collaborators include cinematographer Rogier Stoffers (The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan), production designer Eric Fraser (The Journey Home, The Girl in the Photographs), editor Robert Komatsu (TV’s The X-Files, Jobs), costume designer Patti Henderson (A Dog’s Purpose, Siberia) and composer Mark Isham (The Accountant, 42). A Dog’s Journey is executive produced by Seth William Meier (Happy Death Day), Lasse Hallström (A Dog’s Purpose, The Hundred-Foot Journey), Luyuan Fan (Last Letter) and Wei Zhang (Factory Boss).
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: A Dog's Journey is as sentimental as one might expect, but even cynical viewers may find their ability to resist shedding a tear stretched to the puppermost limit.
Sequel is as sentimental and emotional as the first film.