#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


#OfficeXmasParty – Review

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Office Christmas Party – Budget of $45 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes

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Clay and Carol are siblings with only their parents in common. Carol has been the responsible one who got her father’s company but not his attention. Clay is the fun one who got his father’s attention but only heads a branch of the company. Carol has come to a decision. If Clay doesn’t turn a 12% profit before the end of the quarter, which is 2 days away, she will layoff 80 workers. Also, Carol cuts the bonuses and the Christmas party for the budget. Clay loves his employees and will to do anything to help them keep their jobs. He believes he can land the $14 million account with Walter Davis. Knowing Walter has met with Dell and Oracle, Carol believes that Clay will not have chance, but agrees. If Clay gets the deal, his employees can stay and have their bonuses.  But she won’t budge on the party.  Walter likes their initiative, but does not like their company culture.  He believes that companies have put the board ahead of the workers and believes Clay’s company is the same. Clay decided to show Walter different by inviting him to the canceled party. Now Clay has to put together the biggest bash possible to win over Walter, his employees, and his sister.

This movie is a lot like Horrible Bosses (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The party is just a means to an end, not the actual end. This story leads to a car chase, gun wielding pimps, office romances, and cutting edge technology … all because of one party. It has a homages to Game of Thrones, Fast and Furious, and Project X (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There are a lot of good comics with good gags and even a few life lessons, but it’s just not great.  There is so much going on that you may forget the point of the story.  If you are a fan of these movies, see it matinee and don’t stay past the end crawl.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Dynamite – Josh

Congratulations, you’re free. Are you going to get a back tattoo and skinny jeans – Tracey

My sister from another mister. I’m kidding. Our mother didn’t have affairs until the late 90’s – Clay

Don’t make me pull rank Clay. It is canceled. – Carol

If you use handcuffs, have a spare key. We don’t want this to be Thanksgiving again – Trina

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