Saunders’ feature-length directorial debut is a confident one. With humor and heart, he writes and directs relevant themes and experiences that the world has come to understand well at this point in society. Dotty & Soul is genuine without being preachy, and humorous without leaning into offensive territory. But most importantly, it teaches an incredibly valuable lesson in this day in age: Letting people learn from their mistakes by doing the work required to evolve. One may not walk away from the film forgiving or even liking Ethan Cox, but seeing him reflect and apply his learnings to his life is what makes it easy to.