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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — How many readers of the Colfax Messenger have a dog — or had one at some point in their lives?
Do you consider your dog to be member of the family? And what is your dog’s “purpose?” Companion? Helper? Working dog?
A free showing of the movie, “A Dog’s Purpose,” will be held at the Colfax Municipal Building auditorium’s Cozy Theatre on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m.
The 2017 movie is rated PG for thematic elements and some peril.
The story is about a devoted dog who is reincarnated as different dogs over the course of 50 years. The dog discovers the meaning of his existence through his interactions with the people in his life. The dog develops a bond with a young boy named Ethan, and when the boy is an older adult, the dog returns to Ethan’s life to help him remember his true self.
The movie is narrated by Josh Gad, also known for being the voice of Olaf in “Frozen.”
According to one review, “Director Lasse Hallstrom specializes in emotional, feel-good fare that can make audiences cry.”
The screenplay was written by W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky. The movie is based on the 2010 novel, “A Dog’s Purpose,” written by W. Bruce Cameron.
Starring in the film are Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Oritz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Peggy Lipton, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad.
Reviews of the movie published on-line tended to be critical of the film as being “too feel good” and “too emotionally manipulative.”
Audience members, on the other hand, tended to love the movie, especially if they were pet owners in general or dog owners specifically.
The movie is being sponsored by the Colfax Public Library, the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group and the Colfax Commercial Club.
From noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, the Colfax Public Library will be holding a “Crafternoon” for young library patrons
At 1 p.m., the Colfax Public Library will be showing a children’s movie, “Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups.”
The showing of “A Dog’s Purpose” will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
Concessions for the Paw Patrol movie and “A Dog’s Purpose” will be provided by the Colfax Commercial Club.
Any donations received will go to the Colfax Municipal Building elevator fund to build an addition onto the back of the building for an elevator along with handicapped accessible bathrooms on all three floors.