Sometimes God answers prayer in the most unusual way. Sometimes hardships and family crises become just the catalyst needed to make a change. And sometimes help comes from the most unlikely place. In â€œTHE STRAY,â€ help for the Davisâ€™, a family on the brink of falling apart, arrives in the form of Pluto, a stray dog who saves their livesâ€”literally.
When one of the Davis kids prays for a dog, Pluto, a stray, shows up and makes himself at home with the struggling family. Mitch Davis, a workaholic father, seems unsure about taking on a pet, but when Plutoâ€”â€œthe Wonderdog,â€ they lovingly call himâ€”manages to save one child and bring companionship to another, he canâ€™t help but agree to keep him. But Pluto is not only a guard dog, heâ€™s a guardian angel. While on a camping trip, Pluto the Wonderdog saves Mitchâ€™s life during a freak lightning storm, and the act changes the Davis family forever. â€œHe was the answer to problems we didnâ€™t know we had,â€ someone explains in the film.
Based on the incredible true story of Hollywood producer Mitch Davis (The Other Side of Heaven) and starring Michael Cassidy (Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Sarah Lancaster (Everwood, The Judge), â€œTHE STRAYâ€ is a film for all audiences and illustrates how the unconditional love of a pet can change your life and how important the love of and making time for family are. The film also received the Dove Family Approved seal for its portrayal of positive values. â€œAlthough The Stray reflects my personal story, I know there are countless families across America who could say the same thing about a pet that greatly impacted them with its unconditional loveâ€”which is why I hope families will see this film together,â€ Davis explained, adamant that audiences understand that God can work through the most unlikely circumstances.
Though it took a shock from God for Davis to learn, he hopes families who see the film together will come away knowing that â€œFamilies are what lifeâ€™s all about. Families are hard, but theyâ€™re by far the most important thing,â€ in life. For the Davisâ€™, Pluto helped them learn this lesson. â€œPluto was a dog, but in our family he was an angel. He showed up in answer to prayer at a time when our family needed something, and we didnâ€™t quite know what we needed,â€ Davis described. â€œPluto gave us our lives back. We saved the dog, and then the dog saved us.â€ In the film, Davis ruminates to Pluto while staring at the stars in the sky, â€œWeâ€™re awfully small, arenâ€™t we boy? Or maybe weâ€™re just a part of something awfully big.â€ For the Davis family, Pluto was both.
THE STRAY released October 6, 2017 via Pure Flix. Visit THE STRAY movie website at www.TheStrayResources.com and follow THE STRAY movie on Facebook and Twitter and follow the conversation at #TheStray.
Reviewed byÂ SuzanneÂ Mason. Special to SGNScoops.
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