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9th August
written by Adam

A personified and senior golden retriever named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) reflects on his life with his owner, Denny (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver. Using racing as a metaphor for life Enzo and Denny must both learn how to manifest their own destiny and react to life on their own terms, after all, none of us are here for a long time, hopefully just a good time. Directed by Simon Curtis with Screenplay by Mark Bomback based on Garth Stein’s novel this Hallmark-esque nod to dog lovers everywhere is sure to pluck at least one heart string; but lacks the emotional depth in character development and the narrative richness to tell a compelling story with an ending that’s already telegraphed its punch far in advance. Still, positive marks to Ventimiglia for his efforts and abilities to sell the drama, despite the story’s downfalls. Ultimately the film sits comfortably in the rental category, or in line for a Saturday matinee on the Lifetime channel. The Art of Racing in the Rain is rated PG.

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