Friday, June 29, 2012

Now Available on DVD - More Than Puppy Love, Starring Diane Ladd (Review)

More Than Puppy Love 


Marie and Curtis are a young couple who are very much in love and preparing to start a family. But when Curtis has an accident at his construction job, he is left paralyzed and grief stricken about his fate. Meanwhile, Steve, a rambunctious teen, has been causing quite a headache for his mother. To teach him a lesson in responsibility, she signs him up to be a foster caretaker of a puppy from the Kansas Specialty Dog Service. Steve chooses Banner, a loveable Labrador that he welcomes home with the help of his younger sister, Emily. The foster program only lasts for one year, and Emily struggles to understand why they can't keep Banner forever. But her outlook changes when she is able to pass on her four-legged friend to Curtis, who is still coming to terms with his new life in a wheelchair. Lessons are learned and lifelong friendships are made in this "warm and charming story" that families will love (Dove Foundation).

My Thoughts:
If you follow my blog, then you know that I am a huge dog lover, and have 2 rescue dogs of my own.  So, whenever I stumble across movies where dogs play a leading role, I just have to watch them.  I was surprised that I had never heard or watched this movie, as it was originally released back in .  The other night, after the girls went to bed, I put this movie on, grabbed a bag of popcorn and a glass of wine, and settled in to watch the movie.  Previously in the day, I checked out past reviews on this movie, which ranged from 1-3 stars.  Because of this, I didn't know what to expect, but kept an open mind.

Within the first fifteen minutes, I was hooked, and wanted to see how the movie ended.  This heartfelt movie will have you reaching for the tissue box, as well as smiling when you see how Emily and the dog bond and spend time together.  It reminded me of my relationships with my rescue dogs.  I don't think I would be able to hand them over to someone else, even if it was for a special needs dog service.  If you are a dog lover, you will understand how attached you get to your pet and how you feed off of their unconditional love.  

My husband walked in halfway through the movie, after returning from the gym, and sat through the remainder of the film.  In the end, he asked if we were going to watch this again soon, as he wanted to see the beginning.  He, too, is a dog lover, and loved this heartwarming story.

So, even though it was only given 1-3 stars by others, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and were glad we sat down to watch it.  It is definitely a great family friendly movie to share for movie night.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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