Adam Pally

#DogDays – Movie Review

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Dog Days – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 53 minutes

Dog Days
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People love their dogs.  And on the hottest days in Los Angelos, the dog days of summer, several peoples’ lives will be intertwined all because of their dogs.  Tara is a barista who feels she is putting her marketing degree to waste.  She has a crush on the local vet Dr. Mike but is too nervous to approach him.  But after she finds a dog hiding behind the coffee shop’s trash can, she uses it to get to know Dr. Mike better.  Walter is a widower and a retired English teacher.  His dog is his only connection to his wife.  But his dog runs away after Walter has a heart attack.  He will search to the ends of the earth to get his dog back.  Dax skates through life until his sister goes into labor with twins.  She asks, well demands that Dax takes care of her dog.  Dax barely takes care of himself so he is extremely hesitant about taking care of a dog in his “no pets” building.  Finally, Grace and Greg are getting the child they have always wanted.  Grace does have concerns because Amelia is not a baby.  She is quiet and shy until she finds a dog in the park.  Elizabeth works for Wake Up LA.  After catching her dog with another woman’s bra inside its mouth, she is single again.  With so many more stories, it’s only fair that everyone will run into each other and grow.  All because of their dogs.

This feel-good comedy is for the “12 and up” crowd.  You will fall in love with each dog as they warm their owners’ hearts.  There are moments that will cause you to laugh out loud, be in complete shock, and get misty-eyed.  And with so many characters, like New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day, you may be concerned about losing track of each storyline.  But don’t worry at all.  Since this movie is over the course of months, it has the same precision as a soap opera and with some of the juicy drama.  If you don’t own a dog, you may start looking after this movie.  And the credits are funny too.  However, don’t be late for this movie.  If you miss the first 5 minutes, you will miss everything.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I thought you were a giant beige rat – Tara

What if I’m not good at it, being a mom – Grace

I’m plenty loose – Elizabeth

Sorry, but this is not my dog – Walter

How do you like it – Dax


#MiddleSchoolMovie – Review

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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – Budget of $8.5 million – 1 hour and 32 minutes

Note: This review is on the movie only and will not compare the movie to the book.
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
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Rafe Khatchadorian is starting his third and final school after being expelled from 2 previous schools. His mom, Jules, and younger sister, Georgia, are by his side to help him through this transition, but warn him to stay out of trouble. Rafe comes in with a positive attitude until he meets Principal Dwight and Vice Principal Ida Stricker. They have created a Code of Conduct that has taken away all creativity and individuality from High Valley students. With the help of his new friend Leo, Rafe is trying to tow the line; but during an assemble, students see is notebook with Zombie Dwight drawings. This notebook lands into the hands of the Principal; and since it violates the Code of Conduct, the Principal destroys it. Rafe and Leo decided to fight back by anonymously breaking as many rules as they can. Once the pranks start, Principal Dwight tightens the reigns to flush out the culprit. Who will crack first?

Based on the best selling novel, Middle School: The Worst Year of My Life by James Patterson, this is a complex story about facing lost, being yourself, and the downside to standardized test (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It offers more than the standard “teen fight against the establishment” movie. It has real depth and soul. The music is fun and animation realistic for a middle school artist. There are a lot of jokes for parents and kids, but some just fall flat. Like typing LOL instead of laughing. This is a great matinee movie to see with the kids.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I was just pulling it up to save time – Georgia

Quiet in the hallway. One of these days I will have a quiet hallway – Principal Dwight

Georgia thought I was going to end up in prison. But I think I am already here – Rafe

Expertly drawn boobs – Leo

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