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Starring: Grant Gustin, Scott Wolf, Camille Sullivan, Tom McBeath, Kaylah Zander, Sharon Taylor, Eileen Pedde, Jude Culham-Keays, Giacomo Baessato
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix bio-comedy drama directed by Katt Shea. Based on a true story, Rescued By Ruby (2022) follows State trooper Dan (Grant Gustin), who dreams of joining the K-9 Search & Rescue team, but no one will give him the chance. Shelter dog Ruby dreams of having a home, but is running out of hope. When fate brings Dan and Ruby together, it’s their unshakable bond that helps them face their toughest challenge yet.
Our Favorite Quotes:'You do this because you care about people. You want justice. You want endings to stories. Sometimes happy endings. Sometimes just closure.' - Daniel O'Neil (Rescued By Ruby) Click To Tweet
Pat Inman: [to Ruby] Somewhere in you is an adoptable dog.
Rick McGuinness: [referring to Ruby] She knows a family’s picking her up.
Pat Inman: Well, she doesn’t want to leave us.
Rick McGuinness: No, no, no. She doesn’t want to leave you.
Pat Inman: Well, I’d take her home, but my husband would leave me.
Pat Inman: [to Ruby] This is serious now. You’ve been here six months. Yeah. You cannot blow this chance. You’ve been to seven homes already.
Melissa O’Neil: Come sit with us. I don’t even let my third graders eat while standing.
Daniel O’Neil: I failed third grade. And fourth.
Melissa O’Neil: You’re exaggerating.
Daniel O’Neil: Oh, you’d have failed me.
Melissa O’Neil: Never. You would be my favorite. Teacher’s pet.
Daniel O’Neil: [referring to dogs] Three hundred million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to six million in people. Their sense of smell’s a hundred thousand times more acute than ours. If we can sense a teaspoon of sugar in a cup of coffee, a dog can detect a teaspoon of sugar…
Seamus Brady: In two Olympic-size pools filled with water.
Daniel O’Neil: [referring to the K9 unit] I’m going to be one of those guys with one of those dogs.
Sergeant Amanda Grinnell: Tryouts for the K9 academy are coming up May 15.
Sam Johnson: [to Dan] Right on, my brother.
Daniel O’Neil: Eighth time trying to get in is going to be the charm.
Daniel O’Neil: Sarge. This year’s my last chance. The applicants have to be under thirty, and I’m twenty-nine.
Sergeant Amanda Grinnell: I’ll write the letter of rec again. But I’m not the one standing in the way of you trying out. It’s Zarella. His K9 unit, his academy.
Daniel O’Neil: [to Zarella] Sir, I know you think I don’t have the right temperament, that I’m easily distracted, maybe not much of a reader, but for the job I think intuitive skills and people skills are more important than being speedy with paperwork. Plus, I love dogs. I’m ready for this. I’d really like to try out, sir.
Matt Zarella: K9 team requires calm and focus. You’re all over the place. You can’t even sit still. Who knows where your mind is.
Daniel O’Neil: It’s here, sir.
Matt Zarella: I appreciate the candor, and the persistence, but I don’t see it.
Daniel O’Neil: You do this because you care about people, sir. The same as me. You want justice. You want endings to stories. Sometimes happy endings. Sometimes just closure.
Matt Zarella: I know how much you want this. How long you’ve waited. I’m a short guy. I barely made the height requirement. I had to work twice as hard to get to the same place as everyone else.
Daniel O’Neil: I’m used to working ten times harder.
Daniel O’Neil: It’s not the right time for K9 unit. It’s the only time, Mel.
'Be the solution. Not the problem.' - Daniel O'Neil (Rescued By Ruby) Click To Tweet
Father: [as he returns Ruby to the shelter] She doesn’t listen. She’s too high-strung. She chews. She digs. She steals food. She never sleeps. She barked all night. She’s not even housebroken.
Pat Inman: I know people who train dogs. I could get you some names. I’ll pay for it.
Father: We’re not keeping her. Maybe you have a kitten?
Rick McGuinness: She’s had so many chances. We can’t keep unadoptable dogs. She’ll be put down tonight.
Pat Inman: Rick, no. Ruby’s never had a real home. She thinks this is home. We are her home. And when somebody takes her, she thinks she’s just visiting, like going to the vet, and we’re going to pick her up.
Pat Inman: [to Rick] You know how these dogs are. Their family drops them off here, and day after day, they just wait, expecting their person to come and get them. They’ll wait and wait. Sometimes they wait a very long time. It’s heartbreaking. Ruby just knows how to get back home. It can take a while before someone as loyal and loving as a dog can commit to someone new. Nobody’s given Ruby that chance.
Seamus Brady: See, what you’re needing is a young, good-sized dog who’s curious, and agile, and has spirit.
Daniel O’Neil: And costs nothing.
Daniel O’Neil: [referring to Ruby] You think he could be a K9 dog?
Pat Inman: She could be anything.
Rick McGuinness: She was a street dog. Used to scrapping to survive.
Daniel O’Neil: Alright. Cool. She’s going to be the first shelter dog to make the K9 unit.
Rick McGuinness: Um, okay. She’s a handful.
Daniel O’Neil: I like a challenge.
Pat Inman: [to Ruby] There’s goodness in you, okay? Don’t be afraid to let it show.
Daniel O’Neil: [referring to Ruby] She’s like a foster kid. She needs structure and stability.
Daniel O’Neil: I’m so happy about the baby.
Melissa O’Neil: Me too. But not about the dog.
Daniel O’Neil: Look, she’s clever. She has raw talent.
Melissa O’Neil: [to Dan] The last eighteen and a half hours have felt like an eternity.
Dog Trainer: [to Dan] Your dog is aggressive. It needs socialization. She doesn’t need a class. She needs medication!
Daniel O’Neil: [to Ruby] I thought you’d be grateful to have a family, a great job. Purpose in life. I thought I was good with animals. I thought we had a connection.
Daniel O’Neil: We’re heading back to the shelter. She’s impossible. You know, she doesn’t listen. She destroys everything.
Seamus Brady: You’re giving up on her. Who’s going to believe in her if you don’t? Who believes in you?
Daniel O’Neil: Yeah, I’ve been lucky that way.
Seamus Brady: Well, maybe that dog deserves some of your luck.
Daniel O’Neil: Ruby, you see this basket? All my eggs are in it.
Daniel O’Neil: I’m sorry, Mel. I couldn’t take her back to the shelter. She loves it here. She wants to be our dog.
Melissa O’Neil: I know she does.
Daniel O’Neil: You do?
Melissa O’Neil: I realized something.
Daniel O’Neil: What?
Melissa O’Neil: She reminds me of you.
Daniel O’Neil: Of me? I’m nothing like her.
Melissa O’Neil: You are. You’re always busy. Always enthusiastic. Going a mile a minute. Maybe all she needs is routine. Unconditional love. And a crate.
'Stay ready, and you won't have to get ready.' - Matt Zarella (Rescued By Ruby) Click To Tweet
Melissa O’Neil: [referring to Ruby] She needs to be a family dog first and a K9 dog second.
Daniel O’Neil: She can be both.
Melissa O’Neil: [referring to Ruby peeing] Did she go?
Daniel O’Neil: She did. Just now. I think she’s claiming this as her home.
Melissa O’Neil: Oh, is that what she’s doing?
Daniel O’Neil: I believe so.