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How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)

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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Victoria
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Allana
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Janitor
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Trina Walsh
Derek Kellock ...
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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5 March 2003 (France)  »

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Comment tuer le chien de son voisin  »

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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 »

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Deserves a general release
30 April 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

I saw this film over the weekend in the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema and thought it was terrific. Intelligently-written, staggeringly well-directed for someone making his feature film debut, with a game cast of name actors and impressive new faces -- too bad it can't find a proper distributor. It deserves to find a bigger audience (and if given the chance, it would).


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