After Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton "Lassie' Lassie" Lassie is ambushed while on duty and left for dead, he starts to witness strange happenings around his wellness clinic. Out of a sense of duty, Shawn and Gus both leave San Francisco for the bright lights of sunny California and find themselves unwelcome at their old stomping ground as they uncover a sickly sweet case without the aid of their local police, the internet or the local quality bread stores. What they uncover will forever change the course of their lives. Could this be the greatest case in the history of the Santa Barbara Police Department?
Lassie Come Home follows the story of Shawn and Gus, two detectives who were best friends growing up who reunite in adulthood. Shawn is a divorced father of three, while Gus is a drug addict trying to recover from his own personal addiction. While investigating a murder that occurred several years ago that has never been solved, they discover a man with a missing eye that has ties to the crime that has eluded the local police. This leads them both to the notorious Psych Unit where Shawn runs into problems head on when he is accused of killing his friend and fellow detective, Holly Golightly (played by director Dan Flores) who is assigned to the case.
With a fast-paced plot, Lassie Come Home is filled with action and mystery. The characters, especially the protagonist Shawn, are very convincing as an ex-convict turned good cop and seasoned investigator is put on the task of solving the crime. The one bad guy who doesn't know what he's doing gets brought up early on in the movie. This minor conflict becomes a huge reason for interest as the movie progresses as this bad guy is brought into the mystery that's so easily solved. Throughout the movie the tension rises between Shawn and Gus as they each try to outwit each other while dealing with personal problems that get them nowhere.
Many movie critics have criticized Lassie Come Home for its use of drug use and marijuana. Personally, I thought the movie was very good at building the suspense and finally putting these two characters in the spotlight. It also was a great portrayal of friendship and relationships and how even the most unlikely of friends can fall in love. The movie was successful at telling the story and delivering the message that the victim of this horrible crime still has hope for a positive outcome despite the circumstances.
Many people who were not fans of the movie came away liking Lassie Come Home. For those who were not fans however, you would be hard pressed to find anything bad about this movie. The main characterizations are so realistic that you almost believe they are living in Santa Barbara. The movie did have some pacing issues and slow at times but overall it was a fun watch.
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