“Strays”: A Tale of Revenge, Adventure, and Unexpected Virtues

In a twist on the well-trodden trope of a man’s best friend, we are introduced to “Strays,” an R-rated, live-action comedy that explores the complexities of love, the invaluable essence of true friendship, and the unexpected virtues of a good old-fashioned couch hump.

When Reggie (Will Ferrell), a naïve and cheerful Border Terrier, is left to fend for himself in the city by his unscrupulous owner Doug (Will Forte), he initially believes it to be a mistake. Enter Bug (Jamie Foxx), a foul-mouthed and street-smart Boston Terrier who helps Reggie see the harsh reality of his relationship with Doug. This realization sets the stage for a mission of retribution against the man who abandoned him.

Alongside Bug, Reggie is joined by Maggie (Isla Fisher), an intelligent Australian Shepherd feeling neglected by her owner, and Hunter (Randall Park), a Great Dane-turned-emotional support animal grappling with his own anxieties. Their adventure is as much about finding their way home as it is about teaching Doug a painful lesson.

Directed by Josh Greenbaum and written by Dan Perrault, “Strays” not only subverts conventional dog movie norms, but also gathers a stellar comedic cast. The film features award-winning actors such as Jamie Foxx, Isla Fisher, Randall Park, and Emmy nominee Sofia Vergara, among others.

“Strays” is a Lord Miller/Picturestart production, produced by industry veterans Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Erik Feig, Aditya Sood, Louis Leterrier, and Dan Perrault. Universal Pictures presents this unique blend of comedy and adventure that promises to leave audiences with a newfound appreciation for our furry friends’ perspective on human behavior – in theaters August 18.

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