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Dog Lover's Symphony (2006)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 13 May 2006 (Japan)
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A former convict and drug abuser (Bernstein) meets a dog trainer who wants him to help out in her work as part of his rehabilitation. Story told by the dog.


Ted Fukuda


Ted Fukuda





Credited cast:
Alaina Huffman ... Susan (as Alaina Kalanj)
Jesse Bernstein ... Jerry (as Jesse Berns)
Maxwell Caulfield ... Tom
Nikki Bohannon Nikki Bohannon ... Kelly
Robert Tena Robert Tena ... Bob
Sean Foley Sean Foley ... John
Promise LaMarco ... Amy
David Schroeder ... Chief Roy
Dylan Dylan ... Toby the yellow lab
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zachary Chitwood Zachary Chitwood ... Waiter
Ivet Corvea ... Waitress
Eileen Dietz ... Frightened Mother
Barb Dunn ... Girl with puppies (as Barbie Orr)
Kevin Knox Kevin Knox ... Jerry's Father
Eben Kostbar Eben Kostbar ... Axel


A former convict and drug abuser (Bernstein) meets a dog trainer who wants him to help out in her work as part of his rehabilitation. Story told by the dog.

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A love story orchestrated by man's best friend


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, including some drug issues


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Release Date:

13 May 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ebadta szerelem See more »

Filming Locations:

Torrance, California, USA


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,442, 18 June 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Most fans of romantic drama will find this one music to their ears, but the ending strikes an incredibly sour note
14 April 2008 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Jerry (Jesse Bernstein) is a troubled young man who has become involved with gang activity. But, although he is headed in the wrong direction, a caring parole officer, Tom (Maxwell Caulfield) sees some good hiding in his interior. He arranges for Jerry to train dogs with his beautiful daughter, Susan (Alaina Kalanj) as part of his parole requirements. At first, Jerry is most reluctant and his commitment is tenuous. However, due to the extreme kindness of Tom and Susan, he begins to turn his life around. In fact, there may be a mutual attraction between Jerry and Susan, if only she weren't nearly engaged to that stuffed-shirt, go-getter John (Sean Foley). Will Jerry become a model citizen and win Susan's heart, too? This is a nice film with plenty of feel-good moments, except for the inane ending. What is that, you ask? I'm not telling. Caulfield and Bernstein give nice performances, although Bernstein is not my idea of a genuine leading man. But, it is Kalanj that steals the film. She is utterly beautiful and has a zesty, natural acting ability that reminds the viewer of Marisa Tomei. The movie world can only hope to see much more of her. Then, too, although she dresses down to train dogs, her "dress-up" costumes are of the knock-out variety. The rest of the costuming is acceptable and the scenery is pleasant, too. Best of all, the dogs in the film are delightful. If you love animals and/or romantic dramas, try this one on for size. I think you will like it but the end will definitely leave you shaking your head.

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