Rob Lowe and Johnny Berchtold star as father and son in this Hallmarky drama about the search for the lost family dog. It’s based on a true story, but you get the sense early on that much of the goings-on have been melodramatized to amp up the…suspense? Even with that, the script still lands with a resounding shrug, and despite Lowe’s attempts to carry the film on his back, it falls far short of anything approaching worthwhile. Give your own pooch some time in the backyard, instead, and leave this thing in the doghouse.

1/5 stars