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Lawn Dogs (1998)




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A young girl finds friendship on the wrong side of the career tracks in this drama. Camelot Gardens is a "gated community" where wealthy people can purchase luxurious (if sterile) homes and a security force ensures that riffraff will be kept away from your door after nightfall. The Stockard family are new arrivals at Camelot Gardens; father Morton (Christopher McDonald) is a businessman who wants to go into politics, while mother Clare (Kathleen Quinlan) busies herself with affairs with younger men. Neither seems to have much time for their 10-year-old daughter Devon (Mischa Barton), who doesn't care for children her own age; Devon's uncle likes to entertain her with stories about a witch named Baba Yaga who lives in the forest, so one day she wanders into the nearby woods looking for Baba. Instead, she finds a trailer that's home to Trent (Sam Rockwell), a 20-something free spirit who scrapes together a living by mowing the lawns of Camelot Gardens. Devon and Trent both have physical and emotional scars to deal with, and they soon become friends and confidantes; however, Devon's parents become upset when they learn that their daughter's best friend is a grown man, particularly one who lives in a trailer and does lawn maintenance for a living. Lawn Dogs won awards at a number of international film festivals in 1997, including the Stockholm Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Catalonian International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Naomi Wallace
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 1998


Sam Rockwell
as Trent Burns
Christopher McDonald
as Morton Stockard
Kathleen Quinlan
as Clare Stockard
Mischa Barton
as Devon Stockard
Angie Harmon
as Pam Gregory
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Critic Reviews for Lawn Dogs

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | May 18, 1998
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Lawn Dogs

This was just ok, Sam Rockwell gives a great performance, but the story just seems disorganized.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

Sam Rockwell was great, but I'm sure I've seen it before. Just with a different title and actors.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Watch it for free on online ;)

Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

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