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Dog Park (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  24 September 1999 (USA)
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Sex comedy takes a look at contemporary dating mores and hypothesizes that the new dating location may be the dog walk in the park. A mild-mannered man loses his present girl friend to ... See full summary »

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Dr. Cavan, Dog Psychologist
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Albert Schultz ...
Male Dog Owner #2
Jerry Schaefer ...
Norm
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Ron James ...
Male Dog Owner #1
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Sex comedy takes a look at contemporary dating mores and hypothesizes that the new dating location may be the dog walk in the park. A mild-mannered man loses his present girl friend to another man. His attraction to a kid's TV show hostess goes nowhere because of her obsession with her dog, Peanut. He then gets hooked up with an overly exuberant blonde who overwhelms him. He even lost his collie, Mogley, when his girl friend moved out. In a funny sub-plot, the collie is going to a doggie psychiatrist who determines the dog is being traumatized by his mistress' sexual antics. Jeri and Jeff are best friends whose constant smooching simply makes the leads life less comfortable. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$154,524 (USA) (24 September 1999)

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$242,093 (USA) (1 October 1999)
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In the scene where the personal ads are being read, they refer to the 5'1" man as having the saddest name in the world. The man's name is Owen, which is Luke Wilson's brother's name. See more »

Quotes

Andy: What do you wanna do?
Kieran: Let's have sex.
Andy: That's a rare idea. All we do is have sex. I think one day you're gonna kill me if I can't perform.
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The Only One I Know
Written by Martin Blunt, Tim Burgess (as Timothy Burgess), Rob Collins (as Robert Collins), Jon Brookes (as Jonathan Brookes) and John Baker (as Jonathan Baker)
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Administered for the U.S. A. by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Charlatans
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
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Unusual and charming. Explores the heart truthfully
6 September 2000 | by (Great Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I liked it a lot. It's about people, not things or action or plot. That's uncommon these days, and should be applauded and supported by movie goers. People complain about f/x flicks, big cash blockbusters, and formulaic "lowest common denominator" pop-trash movies. That's a noble sentiment, but why not walk that talk? Why not get out to the theaters and pay to SEE movies that attempt to break out of the pop-culture molds? One of the reasons f/x (etc.) movies are almost all Hollywood makes anymore is because that's mostly all you and I pay to see anymore. Well, here's your chance to put your money where your mouth is and support something a little bit different.

"Dog Park" had a few annoying "snotty chick" cliches, but not too many, nor too bad. Whether or not this movie represents real life or not, I cannot say. Whether or not a movie, any movie, even SHOULD represent real life--who knows that, either? But, if art, good or bad, is designed to evoke a certain feeling, and certain vibes, then this movie does that very well. The specific events may or may not be "accurate," but the vibe and the results are.

Minor flaws aside-- and they are mostly mere quibbles-- this is a bright, charming, thoughtful movie about contemporary people. I think everyone could relate to, and benefit from, "Dog Park"'s exploration of the heart: its fear, courage, deadness, commitment and connection. I gave this movie an 8 out of 10.

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