Watch at Home: ‘A Dog’s Journey’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 8/23/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):


This week’s selection is A Dog’s JourneyA Dog’s Journey is an emotional rerun of predecessor A Dog’s Purpose so please prepare yourselves accordingly with the right amount of Kleenex.

A lot has changed since we last saw Bailey reunited with Ethan (Dennis Quaid) in A Dog’s Purpose.  Ethan and Hannah (Marg Helgenberger) now have a granddaughter, Clarity June or CJ (Kathryn Prescott as an young woman).  Hannah’s son, Henry, died in a car accident when Gloria (Betty Gilpin) was 8 months pregnant with CJ.  The insurance money is set to go to CJ when she turns 18.  Anyway, Gloria isn’t the best mother in the world and thinks that Ethan and Hannah are against her.

Josh Gad is as solid as ever while reuniting with former 1600 Penn director Gail Mancuso.  He has a way of bringing emotions to dogs much in the way he brings life to a snowman.  You’ll laugh and cry.  I can say the same thing about the entire film.  It’s not an understatement to say that my emotions were running wild, especially during the third act.

Gail Mancuso has a sharp command behind the camera.  There’s just enough laughs here to offset the sentimental moments.  It’s nothing that Mancusco hasn’t worked with before.  She’s very much the right person for the film.  Even with differing points of views, the tone needs to be just right.  Because CJ is the main character, this film is more female-centric.  But if you’re a dog lover, it will be appealing no matter what gender you are.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (08/23/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from A Dog’s Journey EPK
Photo Credits: Universal Pictures

Tags: A Dog's Journey, Gail Mancuso

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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