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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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A bit of a dog's brunch.
Though the film falters in terms of its lack of a streamlined narrative, there is no denying that it is packed to the rafters with meaty ideas and characters who are charged with a satisfying moral ambivalence.
Year of the Dog asks how far we should be willing to go for the love of animals, and for that matter, for love itself.
White's humanist account of a woman more comfortable with animals than people is another intricately crosshatched sketch in his gallery of outsiders.
There are those who believe empathy is the quality that separates man from beast, but what does it say that White directs his compassion exclusively toward animals?
Much is said in little moments: The entire cast offers jots of humor and insight, from Reilly and Sarsgaard to Laura Dern as a spiny sister-in-law and Regina King as Layla, a vehemently supportive friend.
Amid fearsome cataracts of disdain, Shannon somehow survives
Shannon seems like quite an unorthodox choice for such a subdued, minimalistic character, but White actually wrote the part for her and she does him proud.
Director Mike White is really good at creating an uneasy feeling in a normal setting. But the question remains, do you want him to?
SNL alum shines as grieving, lonely animal lover.
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Despite director Mike White's ability to make the heartfelt moments count, the film never makes the grade. The title prompts great expectations for animal lovers; the result is a bit like a doggie bag with a taste of everything, but not enough of anything
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.
This movie sucks. For Peggy, it seems dogs provide the love and attention she needs. But when tragedy strikes, Peggy goes a little crazy.
But, I just don't see the point of the movie. It is agonizingly slow. The people in the movie are shallow. And it drives me crazy that Peggy couldn't see that she could be a dog-loving vegan if she wanted to, but no one can convince the whole world to turn into copies of herself.
Middle-aged Molly Shannon is distraught after the death of her dog. She tries to fill the void with dating, but eventually it all comes back to her connecting with animals more than humans. Shannon gives an excellent performance, at times sweet and at other times crazy. Her good intentions start to be forced upon those close to her. Her family also play it well, as they seem overprotective and annoying, but certainly don't deserve some of Shannon's lashings. Sarsgaard is his excellent self in a sort of sad but uplifting role. Perhaps it all becomes a bit too sweet in the end, but the film has some wonderful comedic examples of passion vs. insanity.
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