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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Life With Dog'
(Corbin Bernsen, Chelsey Crisp, Marilu Henner, et al / DVD / NR / 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)

Overview: After losing his wife Alice (Marilu Henner) in a mysterious bike accident, Joe Bigler (Corbin Bernsen) is left alone without faith to help him grieve.

That and the circumstances of Alice's accident leave more questions than answers, and Joe begins a fast descent into the dark abyss of uncertainty.

But his salvation arrives when a dog wanders into his garden and won't leave despite Joe's many attempts to rid him.

DVD Verdict: Without so much as a single bark, "Dog", as Joe has named him, shares his voice; a deep love and comfort that Joe has never experienced before.

With Dog's love comes the discovery of God's love, and a faith that not only helps Joe toward the road to recovery, but also the unsolved mystery surrounding his wife's accident, and the ability to finally grieve her passing.

A most welcome and wondrous film about when faith meets doubt and the euphoric results that can come from that re: anything is possible, this film has one of the most powerful and relatable storylines that I've had the pleasure to review in a decade or more.

Corbin Bernsen (looking more like John Malkovich then JM himself these days!) gives a stirring performance as Joe, a man that is trying to make sense of his life after his wife Alice (Marilu Henner) is killed by a hit-and-run driver as she rode her bike.

We later learn there was a twist to the accident that took her life, but I won't give that away here, don't worry. Joe’s daughter, Zoe (Chelsey Crisp), is, like her mother was, a Christian, and her faith doesn’t sit well with Joe.

Indeed, this isn’t the first family tragedy that Joe and Chelsey have had to endure; Joe had lost his son some years before — after turning to God in prayer to spare his life.

Joe has never been able to understand why Zoe and Alice held to their faith when there was no making sense of the tragic events of their lives.

I won't carry on much further as the story should unfold for you personally, but there's an ultimately dramatic moment that takes place when Joe learns the exact details surrounding his wife’s death that is much like a gut punch to us all, believe me.

Written and directed by Bernsen, 'Life With Dog' is a spiritual gem that deserves a wider audience for it is a movie that contains solid acting, a suspenseful plot, and features a topic most people can relate to — pain and suffering. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

'Life With Dog' [DVD] is out June 4th, 2019 via Mill Creek Entertainment.