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Starring: Rob Lowe, John Berchtold, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Nick Peine, Susan Gallagher, Al Mitchell, Rachael Thompson, Michael H. Cole
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Netflix drama directed by Stephen Herek. Based on a true story, Dog Gone (2023) centers on father and son, John and Fielding Marshall (Rob Lowe and John Berchtold), who repair their fractured relationship during a forced hike on the Appalachian trail to find their beloved lost dog named Gonker.
Our Favorite Quotes:'It's nice to have one soul on earth who thinks you're fine just the way you are. Even if you are a little bit different, or don't have a job, or direction, or momentum. Just one soul who loves you because you are you.' (Dog Gone) Click To Tweet
Fielding Marshall: I feel so alone.
Nate: Yeah. “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Mother Teresa, who, by the way, I guarantee you was never dumped. I mean, seriously, you dump her, that is one-way ticket downstairs.
Nate: A B-minus in Native American studies does not qualify you to care for an animal. It just doesn’t. And also, please don’t ever do that again.
Fielding Marshall: Why?
Nate: It’s very off-putting when you quote smart dead guys back at me. That’s my thing. Philosophical arts, my thing. You know it.
Fielding Marshall: [after they get Gonker from the animal shelter] Oh, and I need him to imprint on me, so don’t like bond with him.
Nate: Done and done.
Nate: [as Gonker is peeing on him] This is the worst thing that has ever happened.
Fielding Marshall: He likes you.
Nate: Why is there so much?
Nate: What is a gonker?
Fielding Marshall: He’s a Gonker.
Fielding Marshall: What are you guys doing here?
John Marshall: Well, I think my investment entitles me to see you in a robe and a funny hat.
Fielding Marshall: He’s not a mistake. He’s my best friend.
John Marshall: You can’t even take care of yourself, let alone another living being.
Fielding Marshall: Okay. I take care of Gonker just fine.
Ginny Marshall: So why’s he drinking out of a beer bong?
Fielding Marshall: Dad, I’m not equipped to handle medical supplies sales.
John Marshall: Then what are you going to do when, in twenty-four hours, this whole party ends? Other than be back at home with Mom and Dad, exactly where you were four years ago.
'Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.' - Nate (Dog Gone) Click To Tweet
John Marshall: [after Fielding misses his graduation] Well, I’m sure it’s worth the six-hour round trip just to see four thousand strangers all dressed in the same outfit.
Nate: How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?
Fielding Marshall: Oh, Gandhi.
Nate: Winnie the Pooh, man.
Fielding Marshall: Oh, hey. I’m sorry. Did I wake you?
John Marshall: I think you woke your Aunt Jenny. And she’s been dead for nine years.
John Marshall: [referring to Gonker] I’m on a Zoom call with five people. He’s just sitting here whining.
Fielding Marshall: He wants to play fetch.
John Marshall: [as he tosses a stick] Alright. Go get it.
Fielding Marshall: He needs to choose the stick.
John Marshall: He needs to choose it?
John Marshall: [as Ginny stuffs her face in the pillow] When you’re done, please smother me to death as well.
'What is man without the beasts? For if all the beasts were gone, man would die of a great loneliness of the spirit.' - Fielding Marshall (Dog Gone) Click To Tweet
Ginny Marshall: [to Gonker] You’re not a wild beast. You’re a sweetheart, aren’t you?
John Marshall: Gonker? Worst-named dog in the world.
John Marshall: [after Gonker’s been diagnosed with Addison’s disease] This is what we were saying. Having a dog is a responsibility. When you care for someone, it can’t just be sometimes, or playtime. It has to be all the time.
John Marshall: [referring to Fielding] There he is. The stinky foul beast, and he brought his dog.
'Just because I'm trying to find my way, it doesn't mean I'm lost.' - Fielding Marshall (Dog Gone) Click To Tweet
Ginny Marshall: [to Fielding] You never eat.
John Marshall: He’s preparing for a life of poverty.
Nate: My class isn’t boring, and the last question that I asked on the test was, “Is atheism a religion?” I know. It’s like, how do you answer that? You can’t. It’s not a thing. So, I just gave everybody an A and watched The Office.
Fielding Marshall: You know, the thought of you teaching undergrads, it’s kind of terrifying.
Nate: I know, right?
Fielding Marshall: See fox, chase fox. Why can’t my life be as simple as Gonker’s?
Nate: I know, right?
Fielding Marshall: It’s hard to find a career when you’re not good at anything.
'If you live in a bubble, eventually you suffocate.' - John Marshall (Dog Gone) Click To Tweet
Fielding Marshall: The Appalachian Trail. He went after a fox and he never came back. And Nate and I, we were looking everywhere for him. He’s somewhere out there right now.
Ginny Marshall: There are coyotes out there. They’re going to eat him alive.
John Marshall: Okay. That’s not going to be helpful.
John Marshall: [to Fielding] Your mom’s going to hold down the command center here, but you and I are hitting the Appalachian Trail. So if we focus, we work hard, and make calculated, deliberate decisions, and I promise you, we will find that dog.
Ginny Marshall: You promise? How can you say that?
John Marshall: Because I believe it.
Fielding Marshall: Thanks for doing this.
John Marshall: We haven’t accomplished anything yet. Caesar never thanked his generals until they delivered a victory.
Fielding Marshall: I’m not Caesar.
John Marshall: No, you’re not. But you’re trying to solve this situation. That’s a start.
'Some people know exactly what they want. And others don't. At the end of the day, we're all just walking the trail. It's just some of us want to wait a bit longer before we step off. That's all.' - Hippie (Dog Gone) Click To Tweet
Fielding Marshall: You’re embarrassed of me.
John Marshall: Don’t be ridiculous.
Fielding Marshall: Am I being ridiculous? Because what’s the opposite of embarrassment? It’s pride.
Fielding Marshall: [to John] I guess we’re just two different people.
Fielding Marshall: [to John] I know that you think that I’m irresponsible, and immature, and, you know, Gonker’s going to die because of me.
'I can't take pride in your clothes. I can't take pride in living in a cabin, or any of those kind of things, because they're just that, they're things. That's not what fathers take pride in. I take pride in your character.' Click To Tweet
Fielding Marshall: When all of your friends, and your mom, and your dad, and their friends, when everyone looks at you like you’re a loser, it’s nice to have one soul on earth who thinks you’re fine just the way you are. Even if you are a little bit different, or don’t have a job, or direction, or momentum. Just one soul who loves you because you are you. That’s who Gonker was for me, Dad. Gonker was the only one on the entire planet who liked me just the way I am.
John Marshall: Son, you’re worried about Gonker because you love him and he’s lost. That’s why I worry about you.
Fielding Marshall: You just did it again. Just because I’m trying to find my way, or whatever, it doesn’t mean I’m lost.