Starring : Beattie Edmondson
Setting: London’s Richmond and Chiswick areas
Available on Hoopla
Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Are you looking for a very light, cute comedy that your entire family can watch together? Patrick might be your answer. Although it is rated NR in the United States, this British comedy is rated PG in the UK. Is there foul language? No. Is there violence? Not unless you consider a spoiled pug to be a violent creature. The reason behind the PG rating is due to the sensitive issue that a character faces because of her parents’ divorce.
Otherwise, this is a very benign British comedy that centers around a newly hired female teacher who inherits Patrick, her grandmother’s pug. This is a dog who was raised as a human in a pristine home, ate only gourmet food and had a full doggie wardrobe. After the demise of his beloved owner, he finds himself in the hands of a young woman, Sarah Francis, who not only thinks he is hideous, but is also a true hater of all dogs. If you are guessing that this movie has a formulated, predicable plot, you are right. However, it’s really quite enjoyable and you will probably find yourself watching the entire movie.
Patrick has a difficult time adjusting to his new surroundings and eating real dog food. It isn’t easy for Sarah either. When she comes home from her first day of teaching, she finds her flat in shambles. After a few days, her landlord hands her an eviction notice. Fortunately, a colleague has a brother who needs someone to stay in his houseboat for a few years, while he’s away on business.
Her life changes for the better, and so does her relationship with Patrick. As stated, the movie does follow a formula. It includes romance and a bit of suspense. As in almost all other movies about dogs, you can expect Patrick to get lost, feel Sarah’s devastation, and watch Patrick miraculously find his way back.
The high school students and teachers that Sarah works with are quite typical, enjoyable characters.
In summary, this is the perfect movie to watch, when you want a light comedy.
Patrick is available to view on Hoopla, access available using your Syosset Public Library card.
-posted by Isabel, Readers’ Services