Dog is a 2022 American comedy-drama road film directed by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, both of whom are making their feature directing debuts in the film. Tatum portrays an Army Ranger who is tasked with transporting the dog of his deceased leader to the service. Ethan Suplee, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Nicole LaLiberte, and Jane Adams round out the cast.
United Artists Releasing released the picture on February 18, 2022, in the United States. Since its release in March, it has raked in $54 million against a $15 million budget.
A Belgian Malinois military working dog named Lulu is being transported by U.S. Army Ranger Jackson Briggs from Joint Base Lewis–McChord in Washington to Nogales, Arizona, for her handler’s burial. Briggs must deal with both his PTSD and his inability to form emotional bonds as he progresses through the story.
Tatum and Carolin will be making their directing debuts on November 5, 2019, thanks to a script that Carolin co-wrote with Brett Rodriguez. Peter Kiernan and Gregory Jacobs would also create through Free Association. Film distribution rights in the United States and Canada were bought by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on March 2, 2020.
Co-director Tatum also stars in the film as the protagonist. Q’orianka Kilcher was added to the cast in December of that year.  Filming will begin in the second half of 2020, according to an announcement made on November 15th, 2019. During the COVID-19 epidemic, it was filmed in Valencia and Lancaster, California.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had initially planned to release the picture in the United States on February 12, 2021. Later, it was established that the date was July 16. As a result, the date was moved back once again to February 18, 2022. On March 11, 2022, the film was made available for streaming.
United Artists Releasing reportedly spent $16.3 million on television commercials, which created 1.17 billion impressions, according to iSpot. There was a lot of promotion for the film during the Winter Olympics as well as on the NFL and re-runs of Friends and Hannity on Fox News, CBS, and TLC. RelishMix, a social media consultancy, estimates that before the doors opened, 81.9 million people across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram were aware of social digital awareness. The film’s box office success was attributed to Tatum’s 45.6 million social media fans.
The box office
A total of $54.2 million was made globally by Dog as of March 13, 2022, including $47.8 million in the US and Canada and $6.4 million in other areas.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Chronicles and The Cursed Child were scheduled to launch alongside Dog in 3,677 theaters in North America, bringing in an estimated $6–11 million in its first weekend and $7.5–14 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day holiday period. $1.26 million was made on Valentine’s Day (February 14) and Thursday night previews on its first day of release. After just three days, it made $14.9 million, and throughout the course of the four-day weekend, it made $17.4 million. On opening night, the movie drew in a female-majority crowd, with 73% of attendees older than 25, 53% over 35, and 37% over 45. Second-weekend sales were $10.2 million, with a third-weekend haul of $6.1 million.
Actor Channing Tatum was praised for his acting as well as his directing.
Critics on Rotten Tomatoes give the film an average rating of 6/10, with 76% of the reviews being positive. As far as websites go, “Dog’s dramatic breed is not exotic, but good narrative bones, as well as Channing Tatum’s finely honed performance as co-director/star, make for an appealing viewing experience.” The film had a Metacritic score of 61/100, which indicates “generally good reviews,” based on reviews from 33 reviewers. On an A+-to-F grading system, audiences polled by CinemaScore awarded the film an average grade of “A–,” while those questioned by PostTrak gave it an 82% favorable review, with 66% indicating they would definitely recommend it.
- Channing Tatum as U.S. Army Ranger Jackson Briggs
- Jane Adams as Tamara
- Kevin Nash as Gus
- Q’orianka Kilcher as Niki
- Ethan Suplee as Noah
- Emmy Raver-Lampman as Bella
- Nicole LaLiberte as Zoe
- Luke Forbes as Jones
- Ronnie Gene Blevins as Keith
- Aqueela Zoll as Callan
- Bill Burr as a police officer