Director Simon Curtis’s The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on Garth Stein’s beloved novel. Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) and screenwriter Mark Bomback (War of the Planet of the Apes) have adapted the film, about a race car driver, his philosophical dog (yes, you read that correctly), and the growing family they both love. The film stars Milo Ventimiglia as Formula One race car driver Denny Swift, Amanda Seyfried as his wife, Eve, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and later Lily Dodsworth-Evans, as their daughter, Zoë. The film is narrated, however, by the family’s dog, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), who loves racing as much as Denny. Enzo’s dream is to get to Mongolia, where, according to a documentary he watched, dogs get reincarnated into people.
Denny’s life is seen through the eyes of Enzo, who is there with him through thick and thin. It turns out that life can be quite a bit like driving a Formula One race car; the conditions will change quickly and uncontrollably, and survival is as much about adaptation as it is about skill. Yet the analogies to race car driving can only take you so far. Enzo will be by Denny’s side for challenges that will seem to be, at first blush, insurmountable. The biggest is when Eve gets sick—what follows will test Denny in ways no track ever has.