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DOG LOVER, THE

What to know: The wrong side of right.
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Recommended age 8-18
90 minutes
FeatureFilm
LORETTE BAYLE
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This film teaches important morals and has a heartwarming story. It also gives us an opportunity to meet many new characters and experience beautiful scenery.

The Dog Lover is dramatic film. There are a few jokes, but film is not meant to be a comedy. There are a few more elements that spice things up, including a romance between characters as well as an adventurous theme throughout the film.

The story starts when Sara Gold (Allison Paige) is working for a nonprofit organization that is against dog breeding. Sara goes undercover at a dog breeder farm. She discovers that there is truly nothing wrong with the farm and they treat their dogs very well. The organization still accuses the family farm which then has to fight to keep their dogs safe.

This film has a simple and pretty much unoriginal story. It is a story about someone who works for the good guys and then discovers they actually are the bad guys. The ending is very expected so the story is predictable and somewhat boring. But, the main actors performed exceptionally well. Allison Paige, James Remar (Daniel Holloway) and others are amazing. However, I felt as if the side characters' performances felt forced which made some conversations seem rather cheesy.

The cinematography is very simple and standard, but the scenery is beautiful and enjoyable to watch. My favorite scene is when Sara and the son of the dog breeder, Will Holloway (Jason Blair) go on a trip near the farm. There, the two watch the spectacular scenery and observe wild horses galloping around freely. I love this scene because it is peaceful and somewhat romantic without being over the top which is very difficult to achieve.

The Dog Lover does have some mature topics and some sad parts which may be too mature for younger kids. I recommend it for ages 11 to 18 and give it 3 out of 5 stars for its pretty scenery and some good performances. This film is in theaters on July 8 so, be sure to go check it out.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O., age 14.

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Sara Gold is a rising star at the United Animal Protection Agency (UAPA), a major animal rights organization that conducts animal rescues and lobbies for better animal welfare laws. Handpicked for a major assignment, Sara goes undercover as a college intern to infiltrate a suspected "puppy mill" run by the enigmatic Daniel Holloway.
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