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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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Melanie McGowen (as Robin Wright Penn)
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False Peter
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Brian Sellars
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Allana
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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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Como Matar o Cão do Vizinho  »

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$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,956, 24 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,564, 21 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 »

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Handler: Mr. McGowen, I think we're ready. This way, please.
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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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Features Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Running Bear
Written by The Big Bopper (as J.P. Richardson)
Performed by Jeremy Preston
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under Lisence from Universal Music Enterprises
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Our kind of movie - funny!
2 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

We caught this film on cable last week and were shocked. No, not by the title - but how did we not hear about this movie? I'll say upfront, I'm not a Branagh fan, but I do love Robin Wright Penn. But Branagh blew me away with this performance - he's finally been given a great script by someone other than Shakespeare and run with it. The writing is smart and funny, the supporting cast is just terrific, especially the girl playing Amy. When I checked here, I saw the writer/director is the same guy who wrote Private Parts, one of my favorite films.

If I try and put my finger on what touched me the most in this movie, I guess it's that the people were all so "real" and so I ended up caring very much what happened to them all. I'd love a sequel to see what happens to them after this episode in their lives!

Who should see this film: Everyone who likes smart, funny writing and acting told in an adult way; and anyone who likes something other than the typical Hollywood blockbuster.


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