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Year of the Dog

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Suzanne Tenner

Year of the Dog

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
97 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/13/07
performer:
Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Shannon, Laura Dern
director:
Mike White (Director)
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Mike White (Director)
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B+

The Lonely Dog Lady could be one of her cartoonish SNL skits, but in Year of the Dog, Molly Shannon takes a welcome toned-down turn as Peggy, a secretary who becomes obsessively devoted to animal rights when her treasured beagle dies. Mike White (The Good Girl) spins a witty, wistful tale of Peggy’s search for purpose, and Peter Sarsgaard is hilarious as a manipulative dog trainer. EXTRAS In a commentary with Shannon, White says that the film’s flat look, with the actors talking to the camera, garnered criticism. But, he shrugs, ”I see those shots and they amuse me.” B+