Og’s Way Home’ is sac­cha­rine and sen­ti­men­tal

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ready to do ‘go home!’” She also hap­pens to be en­emy No. 1 of the city of Den­ver af­ter she falls on the wrong side of a ban on breeds des­ig­nated as pit bulls, and im­pounds them on sight.

“I know, it’s stupid,” ex­plains an em­ployee at the an­i­mal shel­ter ad­mirably suc­cinctly. An­other char­ac­ter, Olivia, played by Alexan­dra Shipp of “Love, Si­mon” de­scribes it as, “ba­si­cally racism.” This movie re­ally has it in for Den­ver’s Or­di­nance Sec. 8-55.

Once the au­thor­i­ties get word of Bella, and im­pound her once, her cozy ex­is­tence with Lu­cas and his mom comes to an end and she goes to live, for a time, with some rel­a­tives of Olivia’s who live in New Mex­ico. But the du­ti­ful and deeply nos­tal­gic Bella de­cides to take things into her own hands and find her way back to Den­ver and Lu­cas.

Di­rected by Charles Martin Smith, of such an­i­mal ad­ven­tures as “Dol­phin Tale” and “Air Bud,” “A Dog’s Way Home” is ac­tu­ally sur­pris­ingly in­tense. Bella goes dump­ster-div­ing one day with a pack of mangy dogs she comes across, she wit­nesses poach­ers killing a cougar, be­friends a CGI baby cougar, steals food from quite a few peo­ple and es­tab­lish­ments, sur­vives an avalanche, a free­way and even lives along­side a home­less man for a while. She is laser-focused on get­ting back to Lu­cas, how­ever, and even the good sit­u­a­tions she comes across (like Cast: Kimi Alexan­der, Far­rah Aviva, Chris Bauer, Rolando Boyce Di­rec­tor: Charles Martin Smith Rat­ing: PG

Stars: 21⁄2 out of 4

Run­ning time: 96 min­utes liv­ing in the very stylish and ex­pen­sive home of a cou­ple who take her in) aren’t enough.

Al­though it might be a stretch to cat­e­go­rize this as a movie, “A Dog’s Way Home” is harm­less enough and a nice lit­tle ad­ven­ture that’s fit for the whole fam­ily. But you might want to have the tis­sues ready.

From left, Ashley Judd, Rolando Boyce and An­nie Nel­son in a scene from Columbia Pic­tures’ “A Dog’s Way Home.”

Lu­cas (Jonah Hauer-King) and Bella (voiced by Bryce Dal­las Howard) in “A Dog’s Way Home.”

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