“A Dog’s Journey” (Universal)
By Catholic News Service
This sequel to 2017’s “A Dog’s Purpose” once again follows a beloved pet (voiced by Josh Gad) through a number of lives as he bonds with the granddaughter of the man (Dennis Quaid) who in youth rescued and adopted him.
As she journeys through childhood (Emma Volk, Abby Rider Fortson) and adolescence (Kathryn Prescott), the repeatedly reincarnated canine does everything he can to protect her from danger and bring love into her life. With a screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron (based on his novel), Maya Forbes, Cathryn Michon and Wallace Wolodarsky and directed by Gail Mancuso, the film celebrates family, reconciliation and loyalty.
A nongraphic scene of attempted sexual abuse, a car accident, thematic material that could be confusing for kids. 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.