Think Like a Dog

DVD Release: June 9, 2020
Think Like a Dog


After a 12-year-old tech prodigy’s science experiment goes awry, he forges a telepathic connection with his best friend and dog, Henry, in this whimsical family comedy.

Dove Review

Oliver is your typical middle school boy. He gets tongue-tied around his crush, he ducks and dodges the school bullies, and he successfully hacks a global satellite communications system. Last part sounds pretty extreme, right? But things get even crazier when Oliver’s best friend and dog, Henry, can now communicate with him via telepathy.

After a school bully tampers with Oliver’s science fair project and blows his chance to impress the Young Inventors bigwig Mr. Mills, Oliver goes home defeated. With a need to prove himself, Oliver hacks a global satellite communications system, which now allows Henry to talk with him through one of Oliver’s mind-reading gadgets. Ego restored, a talking dog–all should be well. But, hacking a global satellite flags the good guys to track him down and tempts the bad guys to steal the genius gadget, making Oliver a target for everyone.

It’s up to Henry and his canine friends to keep Oliver safe and restore the true meaning of communication.

A few elements for parents to be aware of include mild language and name-calling, like “oh my god”, “freaking”, “crap”, “fart face”, and “psychopaths.” Other mild sexual references include, “junk in the trunk”, and several uses of “grow a pair.” A few scenes include bullying, a face punch, and a non-violent interrogation scene between Oliver and a bad guy. However, no blood and gore are present throughout the film.

While we don’t condone the language, sexual references, and mild violence, Think Like a Dog conveys the deep bonds of friendship, showcases a marriage restored, and reminds us that family and love are far more important than scientific discoveries and prestige.

Because of these positive elements, we award this family comedy Dove-approval for Ages 12+.

The Dove Take:

When Oliver, a typical middle school boy, hacks into a global satellite communication system, he quickly becomes a target for the good guys and the bad guys, but this technology hack allows him to talk with his dog, Henry, too.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Themes of family, friendship, and love
Sex: None
Language: Several mentions to "grow a pair", mild language and name-calling, like "fart face", "freaking", "crap", junk in the trunk", "oh my god", and several potty humor remarks
Violence: Typical middle school bullying, one character punches another character in the face, but no gore and violence are present
Drugs: One character pours himself champagne but never drinks it.
Nudity: Oliver's mom wears tight, sometimes low-cut outfits.
Other: Oliver's school dance is called the "Big Bang Ball." Henry refers to dogs from an evolutionary stance.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Gil Junger
Director: Gil Junger
Genre: Family
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Peyton G.