Sun Dogs (2017 film)

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Sun Dogs
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Directed byJennifer Morrison
Produced byJennifer Morrison
Dickey Abedon
Andrew Carlberg
Anthony Tambakis
Gaston Pavlovich
Screenplay byRaoul McFarland
Story byRaoul McFarland
StarringMichael Angarano
Melissa Benoist
Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner
Allison Janney
Ed O'Neill
Music byMark Isham
CinematographyMichael Alden Lloyd
Edited byJoe Talbot Hall
Fábrica de Cine
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • June 18, 2017 (2017-06-18) (LAFF)
  • April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06) (Netflix)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

Sun Dogs is a 2017 comedy-drama film written by Raoul McFarland and starring Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Xzibit, Allison Janney, and Ed O'Neill.[1] The film marks the feature film directorial debut of actress Jennifer Morrison, who also co-stars in the film. The film premiered at the LA Film Festival in June 2017 and was released in Netflix at April 6, 2018.[2][3]


A young man determined to be a military hero ends up on a misguided adventure with his family and new friend Tally, which leads him to the most unlikely realization of how he can courageously "save lives".[4]



The film premiered LA Film Festival on June 18, 2017. The film was also featured in the 2017 Austin Film Festival, SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Los Cabos International Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, and the 2018 Mammoth Film Festival.[5]

The film won three awards at the 2018 Mammoth Film Festival, Best Actor for Michael Angarano, Best Picture, and the Grandy Jury Award. The film also won Best Narrative Feature at the 2017 SCAD Savannah Film Festival.[6]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 80% based on five reviews. Sheri Linden from The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Morrison balances her affection for all the characters with droll naturalism and an assured visual style."[7]

Renee Schonfeld from Common Sense Media gave a positive review, writing : "Jennifer Morrison's initial feature direction is a delicate movie, honest within the constraints of its fantastical premise. It focuses on relationships, compassion, and every individual's right to live a life of purpose. Sun Dogs is gentle, heartfelt, and skilled. Working with notable actors, she brings nuance and grace to what, in lesser hands, might have been stereotypes of America's struggling working class." [8]


  1. ^ "Michael Angarano & Melissa Benoist To Star In Jennifer Morrison's 'Sun Dogs'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "'Sun Dogs' Filmmaker-Actress Jennifer Morrison Signs With CAA, Anonymous Content". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  3. ^ White, Peter (December 15, 2017). "Jennifer Morrison's Directorial Debut 'Sun Dogs' Lands At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ "Sun Dogs (2017)". IMDb. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sun Dogs (2017) -Release Info". IMDb. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sun Dogs (2017) -Awards". IMDb. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Sun Dogs Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Sun Dogs Review". Common Sense Media . Retrieved April 8, 2018.

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