Year of the Dog 2007

Year of the Dog

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Year of the Dog is a warm and quirky comedy that never condescends to its eccentric characters.

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After her beloved beagle dies unexpectedly, an office worker named Peggy (Molly Shannon) looks for ways to fill the void in her life. Bringing in treats for her co-workers and fussing over other people's children fails to work, and when an ill-advised love affair with a gun fanatic (John C. Reilly) dies on the vine, she "goes to the dogs" in more ways than one.

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  • Feb 16, 2014
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  • Mar 11, 2011
    Year of the Dog, or what could also be called, The Life and TImes of an Animal Activist, focuses on Peggy, played with quirky yet lovable sentiment by Molly Shannon. Peggy is completely passive, and has no companionship in her life, except for her little dog. One day the dog dies and Peggy is forced to cope with the reality of death, yet also the reality of life. In her grief, she meets Newt (Peter Sarsgaard) who works at a pet clinic. He also opens her eyes to an entire world/industry that abuses animals, kills them, and turns them into food. She begins a naiive yet noble campaign to save as many animals as she can and inform as many people as she can about what is being done to many animals in test labs, slaughterhouses, even in the pound. Director Mike White has a knack for creating oddball characters. They are aplenty here, but it makes the film feel like a Wes Anderson picture, which is never a bad thing. The cinematography by Tim Orr borrows a lot from Anderson, and Jonathan Demme, as characters are framed in the centre speaking directly into the camera. Regardless of the unoriginality, the film works as a strange yet touching comedy.
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  • Jul 03, 2010
    If there was ever a movie that filled you with as much warmth and fuzzyness as an actual dog, or anminal, this film is it. This was part comedy, and romance, but also part ireverent thriller. Wait! What? A thriller? Yes, it was full of suprrising twist, and nonsense. Either way, i enjoyed this film alot. For what ever reasons I know, and those reasons I don't know. This makes "The trurh About Cats and Dogs", look like "Complete and Utter sh*t".
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2009
    In this incredibly tender tale of a dog-loving woman's increasingly obsessive journey into animal activism, every single cast member gives a beautifully realized performance and each character makes an impression with even the smallest, yet very distinct mannerisms, traits, and quips. At first I felt the movie was trying too hard to be quirky, but it very soon became absorbing, heartbreaking, and genuinely amusing.
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