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How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 March 2003 (France)
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Shy, chain-smoking, insomniac Peter McGowan is an L.A. playwright with a string of hits that preceded his current ten years of failed productions. His mother-in-law is sinking into senility... See full summary »

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Peter McGowen
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Melanie McGowen (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Edna
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False Peter
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Larry
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Brian Sellars
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Adam
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Allana
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Janitor
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Trina Walsh
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Amy's Father
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Babysitter
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Debra Salhany
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Shy, chain-smoking, insomniac Peter McGowan is an L.A. playwright with a string of hits that preceded his current ten years of failed productions. His mother-in-law is sinking into senility, a stranger is meandering the neighborhood claiming to be him, neighbors have a new dog that barks all night; his wife wants to have a child, and he does not: he's become impotent. He's working on a new play when a single mom moves in next door with her 8-year-old daughter. His wife immediately invites the girl into the McGowan household. Will this child stir Peter's paternal feelings? Will she also help him get his dialogue right? And what of his doppelganger and the neighbor's dog? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One man's pet is another man's peeve.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 March 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Comment tuer le chien de son voisin  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,956 (USA) (22 February 2002)

Gross:

$48,564 (USA) (19 April 2002)
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Outside of festivals, the film did not receive a major theatrical release and wound up going directly to cable. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Handler: Mr. McGowen, I think we're ready. This way, please.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits roll, there is a short break showing the scene portraying the dog after it had been shot. The director shouts "cut," and the dog gets off the ground and barks. See more »

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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

A Groovy Kind of Love
(end title)
Music by Toni Wine
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Petula Clark (uncredited)
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Hilarious!
12 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This overlooked gem is everything you want from a movie. It's funny, has great acting, and better yet - a plausible and well laid out plot! Kenneth Branagh shines as Peter, the writer with writer's block, and Robin Wright Penn is perfect as his child-hopeful wife.

The dynamics presented are new and unique, as is the humor. You'll find no tired jokes in this flick! However, I did find myself laughing heartily out loud on more than one or two occasions.

This is a great drama about middle age life, perceptions, and relationships. My advice? See this movie! It's truly great! Kenneth Branagh is one of my favorite actors, and that is how I stumbled across this film - I suggest you do the same.


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