How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (Mad Dogs & Englishmen) (2000)
Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 32
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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Somewhere in L.A., Peter (Kenneth Branagh), a washed-up British playwright, struggles to duplicate his past glory as he surfs a foul-smelling tide of disenchantment. His wife, Melanie (Robin Wright Penn), manages to maintain an optimistic outlook even as she longs for the baby that her husband is hesitant to help her conceive. When Peter befriends Amy (Suzi Hofrichter), a neighborhood girl who has mild cerebral palsy, their friendship softens him to the idea of fatherhood and propels Melanie's
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Has an unusually high ratio of laughs per minute.
Falsehoods pile up, undermining the movie's reality and stifling its creator's comic voice.
Kenneth Branagh's energetic sweet-and-sour performance as a curmudgeonly British playwright grounds this overstuffed, erratic dramedy in which he and his improbably forbearing wife contend with craziness and child-rearing in Los Angeles.
Audiences conditioned to getting weepy over saucer-eyed, downy-cheeked moppets and their empathetic caretakers will probably feel emotionally cheated by the film's tart, sugar-free wit.
A wordy wisp of a comedy.
This is an agreeable but hardly challenging film, a movie perfect for a night by the fire when you want to curl up and relax.
A minor film that's no more than a trifle with some comic touches
...a good film that must have baffled the folks in the marketing department.
Kalesniko manages to keep all this stuff entertainingly cynical and doesn't let the ever-present sentimental goop overcome his story.
An offbeat, nimble and surprisingly winning little 'life comedy' [that] captures with entertaining aplomb the spry whimsy of a writer's brain in action.
A succinct effort to explore how our relationships force us to re-evaluate what we want out of life at the most inopportune and unexpected of times.
A film that will likely not "wow" anyone over...but entertaining from a character point of view
Run, don't walk, to see this barbed and bracing comedy on the big screen.
A surprising drama about the emptiness of cynicism when stacked up against the bounties of compassion.
Despite the top-quality talent and some occasionally witty shots on the vanity of Hollywood, this Dog simply isn't best in show.
This slight slice of L.A. life is distinguished by two fine, subtle performances.
This toothless Dog, already on cable, loses all bite on the big screen.
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