What's the Difference between (novel and screenplay) the Book and A Dog's Purpose the Movie?

Drama

(novel and screenplay)

89%
Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

11%
Released: 2017
Director: Hallström, Lasse
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In the Book In the Movie
Jakob
Carlos
Portrayed by: John Ortiz
Ethan
Ethan
Portrayed by: K. J. Apa
Maya
Maya
Portrayed by: Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Hannah
Hannah
Portrayed by: Britt Robertson
A Dog's Purpose Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   After finding a kidnapped girl, Ellie tracks down a man who shoots/wounds Jakob. Ellie attacks the man causing him to lose his gun. The police shoot/kill the man as he tries to attack them after Ellie is told to stand down. Ellie and Carlos track a man who kidnapped his girlfriend's 12 year old daughter. They find him near a dam. The girl is pushed into the water; Ellie jumps in after her and brings her to shore. Carlos chases the kidnapper but loses him. Just as the man is about to shoot Carlos, Ellie attacks him. Ellie is shot and dies in Carlos arms. Other police arrest the kidnapper.
   Maya accepts a proposal from Albert. Ellie is a ring bearer. Maya moves to Albert's home. The dog is reborn as a corgi and adopted by a college student named Maya. She is lonely and the dog is her only friend until she meets a man at the park with a large female dog. They get married.
   Ethan's parents divorce and Bailey is sent to live with the grandparents at their farm. He likes it there but misses Ethan as he is away at school and only visits occasionally. Bailey is sent to live with Ethan's grandparents while Ethan goes to another college to earn a degree in agriculture.
   A man named Derek buys the dog for his girlfriend Wendi at a cut rate price of $250. He is named Bear. Wendi does not properly care for or train Bear. Dogs are not allowed in Wendi's apartment so she is evicted. Wendi gives Bear to her mother (Lisa) who lives in a house with her abusive boyfriend Victor. A woman named Wendi buys the dog but is required by her boyfriend to keep him tied up in the yard where he grows up very lonely.
   Ethan's neighbor Todd is de-ranged and cruel. He was probably responsible for a neighbor's dog that went missing and tried to steal Bailey. Todd also tried to feed Bailey tainted meat. Bailey doesn't like/trust Todd. Todd appears to be un-popular and seems to resent Ethan. He is not shown to be cruel to animals. Bailey trips Todd while he is walking with Ethan and some of his friends. Todd had insulted Ethan by suggesting the dog was his girlfriend.
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suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
Thank you for the details of the cat. I was going by memory when I wrote the page. I updated the entry. -Ranb
07 Feb 2017 Ranb
. . . adding much to the overall story. The grandparents had nothing to do with Ethan's immediate family's cats; I'm pretty sure I remember there having been a shy cat, a barn cat, at the Farm. This cat wasn't memorable, either.
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous
In the book, Ethan's family has a cat named Smokey. Smokey eventually dies, and the humans bury him, and Bailey mentions that on the following day, he decides to dig the cat up. He couldn't understand why they'd buried a perfectly good dead cat. But this is just an aside, only one (short) paragraph, and we don't hear about any repercussions of Bailey's grave-robbing exploit. Some time later, Ethan gave his mother a replacement cat. This cat was Felix. I don't recall Felix adding much to
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous
There absolutely is a cat in the book.
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous


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