“Dog Days” (LD Entertainment)

Adam Pally stars with a dog named Charlie in a scene from the movie "Dog Days." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. (CNS/LD Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service

A comedy with dramatic elements, this film follows a variety of Los Angeles residents as they live their lives and face some daunting challenges during one summer. By their sides, helping with presence and love are their dogs.

Directed by Ken Marino and written by Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama, the film follows a barista (Vanessa Hudgens) waiting for an opportunity to put her education to good use, a lonely widower (Ron Cephas Jones) whose dog goes missing, a morning show host (Nina Dobrev) who can’t quite seem to keep herself together, and others brought together by their canine companions. The film celebrates respect, forgiveness, responsibility and generosity.

Two crass terms, some negative comments about marriage and pregnancy. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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