Starring: Beattie Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Ed Skrein, Gemma Jones, Cherie Lunghi, Emily Atack, Adrian Scarborough, Peter Davidson.

Director: Mandie Fletcher

Release date: 29th June 2018

 

Sarah Francis (Beattie Edmondson) is a bit of a mess. Her boyfriend tells her that he’s met someone else and she spirals into a fog of sadness and loneliness. Then her much loved granny dies and she is told that she has been left her grannie’s beloved Pug, Patrick in the will. She’s absolutely baffled as to why granny would do such a thing, considering that Sarah doesn’t like dogs. There’s also the fact that she’s not allowed to have pets in her flat. She is due to start a new job as a secondary school teacher at Daneman High School but oversleeps on her first day. Unable to find anyone to look after Patrick, she brings him into school. One teacher really has it in for her and Patrick is making her life very difficult. On the upside though, she attracts a lot of attention whilst out walking Patrick and soon finds herself being asked out by a hunky vet (Ed Skrein). Why did Granny think that Patrick would be good for Sarah?

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Having the comedy legends, Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson as your mum and dad doesn’t always necessarily mean you’re gonna have great comic timing, but in Beattie Edmondson’s case, she has it in spades. I’d say that this is probably her first major role to date and she’s really great in ‘Patrick’. The rest of the cast is also really great and includes a vast array of British comedy legends; Bernard Cribbins! Roy Hudd! Jennifer Saunders! Seriously, you can’t have a British movie like this and not have some comedy greats doing cameos and small parts. There’s also the brilliantly versatile Gemma Jones, as Sarah’s neighbour. Disney have done a great job with this one. It’s quite possible that this will appeal to Pug loving kids and a few doggie loving adults but I like to think that it will appeal to a wider demographic too. I laughed pretty much throughout the whole movie and think it’ll be a great movie to take the kids to over the Summer holidays. You soon find yourself cheering Sarah on and hoping that bad things won’t happen to Patrick.

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A real feel good movie, with a lot of heart and character, it’s about family, relationships and trying new things. Do go and see ‘Patrick’ if you can. It’s not your typical Disney movie but don’t let that stop you from wanting to see it. Laughs a plenty and a great story, ‘Patrick’ is a doggie movie that will make you want to go out and get a Pug for yourself.

Overall: 8.5/10

 

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