The Art Of Racing In The Rain is relentless, heartbreaking and will leave you in floods of tears

THE ratings information for this film say there are “ . . . scenes of emotional upset” and it opens with a man walking into his house to find his dog dying on the floor.

Safe to say The Art Of Racing In The Rain is on a mission to make Marley & Me seem like Porky’s.

 The Art Of Racing In The Rain is a film that knows it wants lots of tears from the audience

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The Art Of Racing In The Rain is a film that knows it wants lots of tears from the audienceCredit: Alamy

It is a relentless, unforgiving heartbreaking film about a man’s relationship with his Labrador through all the highs and – actually scratch that – just the lows of life.

Oh, did I mention the film is seen through the eyes of the dog, who has the conscience of Kevin Costner, sounding like he’s necked a bottle of Hennessy and a carton Marlboro Red?

Milo Ventimiglia plays Denny, a racer driver who somewhat irresponsibly buys a puppy from a farm despite spending his entire life at a racetrack and we follow the pair through friendship, love and tragedy.

Here, Costner’s Look Who’s Talking-style monologue begins in earnest, offering observations about life so ridiculous and naff you can’t help but be swept up by it.

 The Labrador has the conscience of Kevin Costner - the joke and saviour of the film

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The Labrador has the conscience of Kevin Costner – the joke and saviour of the filmCredit: Alamy

Costner is both the joke and the saviour of this film that knows exactly what it wants from you – tears and lots of them.

It doubles down on a cute dog reflecting on his devoted life with a kaboom cancer and does not stop until your throat hurts and you can’t talk properly.

It’s hammy, cliched and utterly devastating. It got me. Damn.

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