Movies about man’s (and woman’s) best friend are certainly nothing new. Year’s ago, “Milo and Otis,” “Homeward Bound” and, my personal favorite, “My Dog Skip” were among a whole slew of major motion pictures that saturated the market and lit up the box office. However, with the success of last year’s “A Dog’s Purpose,” the canine flick appears to be making a comeback.
The latest such flick is “Patrick,” a light-hearted and fun film that will make just about any audience member “ooh,” “aww” and gush, “Oh my gosh, look at his eyes!” However, the movie has a lot more to offer than just the adorable sight of a wrinkly-nosed pug dressed up in a tuxedo – although that may be in and of itself enough for some.
Jennifer Saunders plays a young woman named Sarah Francis in the flick. Sarah’s life is a bit of a mess and the last thing she needs is someone else to look after – let alone someone who dribbles, snores and eats from the kitchen trash. However, like it or not, her grandmother has left Sarah her pug, Patrick.
Sarah’s grandmother spoiled Patrick rotten – something Sarah is unwilling and unable to do. Therefore, Sarah’s new four-legged friend proceeds to cause chaos in all aspects of her life. However, as Sarah tries to put her life in order while also pursuing romance, Patrick has an unexpected impact on her life. Suddenly, the pug’s stubby, stumpy attitude rubs off on Sarah and she finds herself happier than ever before.
It is impossible to emerge from a showing of “Patrick” without the urge to immediately rush out to adopt a pug so you can dress him or her up in all kinds of cute clothes and have that pug benefit your life in ways you never imagined as well. There is no doubt that it is an incredibly charming movie that moves along at a brisk pace and offers a solid emotional payoff.
That said, “Patrick” lacks the bark and the bite of other, far more substantial dog movies. What little conflict there exists in the film is resolved in ways that can only occur in cinema. Therefore, you may want to press pause on the adoption process until the cuteness euphoria subsides and real life finally begins to wash back over you. It is never a good idea to make important life decisions after watching a movie as gosh-darn adorable as “Patrick.”
But it is adorable – amazing so – and that is more than enough to recommend seeing it with your whole family. Younger audiences will love Patrick’s charismatic antics and adults will appreciate the movie’s ability to offer harmless fun while telling a story that is not tailored to children. The problems presented in the motion picture may not carry much weight, but the happiness it instills in moviegoers most certainly does.
As a result, “Patrick” cuddles its way into your heart and keeps you plenty cozy throughout its 90-minute runtime. It also further proves the extraordinary power of not only our four-legged friends but the life-affirming films featuring them as well.