So while Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is also showing right now, that franchise isn’t really about cars as much as macho men punching each other. Good thing, The Art of Racing in the Rain is also out this week then.
Movies for car guys are pretty rare–we’ve had Rush, Senna, and that Netflix F1 documentary series we guess–so we aren’t missing this one. The fact that it’s also a dog movie just makes it easier to convince someone to watch with you, because everyone loves dogs.
Denny Swift is a racecar driver who picks up a young pup and names him Enzo after none other than Enzo Ferrari, of course. We then witness him life through the eyes of the extremely wise dog (voiced by Kevin Costner!) who also ends up sharing his owner’s love for driving cars fast. Cue drama!
Since we’ve actually read the book the film was based on, we can tell you that racing is indeed an integral part of the plot and not just something cool for Milo Ventimiglia to be. The novel’s author, Garth Stein, was also an actual driver and HPDE instructor too, so it’s legit.
And also it ends sadly, like how many dog movies inevitably are, so prepare the tissues!