The Stray

Theatrical Release: October 6, 2017
The Stray


A young father takes his 9-year-old son, the family dog, and two of his son’s friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado only for all five of them to be struck by lightning.

Dove Review

Mitch is a very busy father working in Hollywood as an executive for a studio, and he doesn’t get a lot of time for his family. He thinks that a dog would help the family, but before they decide to get one, a stray picks them first— by following Christian, his 9-year-old son, home from school. Christian names the dog Pluto.

Pluto becomes the family pet in no time and a protector. But the situation with Mitch’s job doesn’t change, so the family moves to Colorado to live. Mitch decides to take his son and two friends plus Pluto on a hiking/camping trip. The events on the trip will change everyone forever.

This story is of an amazing dog that becomes a watchful eye of the family, who, in turn, treats their dog with love and admiration. It is also a lesson in the power of prayer. “The Stray” is a heartwarming family movie that is wonderfully entertaining, while teaching about love for a pet, love of family and the importance of making time for family along with prayer.

The Faith-Friendly Dove Seal for all ages is awarded to this movie, but I must caution about the scene of the lightening hitting the tent that may be frightening for young children.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None.
Language: Holy smokes-1; comment about boy "crapping" his pants; prayers.
Violence: Young boys bullying another boy; man threatens a man's dog; lightening strikes a tent of campers; man has blood coming out of his ear.
Drugs: A story is told about a man being drunk and going swimming.
Nudity: Young boy zips up his pants after urinating by side of road.
Other: A toddler wonders out of house and into street; young boy is rude to father and later apologizes; dog dies and is buried.


Company: Motive Entertainment
Writer: Mitch Davis
Director: Mitch Davis
Producer: Mitch Davis
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 92 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe