‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Review: Kevin Costner Leads Viewers Down Touching, Goofy Track

In The Art of Racing in the Rain, directed by Simon Curtis, Kevin Costner voices the internal monologue of Enzo, a beautiful canine and the hero of this story. Adapted by screenwriter Mark Bomback from the novel by Garth Stein, here we have the jerkiest of tearjerkers. It’s a film so determined to wring out emotion from the audience that it offers up a cancer storyline and a beloved-animal-reflecting-on-those-he-loves storyline.

Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia) is a handsome racecar driver who spontaneously buys a puppy, feeling called to do so. Not too long after, he falls in love with schoolteacher Eve (a lovely Amanda Seyfried). As the milestone moments of their life come fast and furious, Enzo takes us along for the ride, voraciously voicing his opinion of every character and plot twist to which we are introduced. As Enzo mentions, he considers himself more human than dog in many ways.
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