A comedy about misfits in which a veterinarian becomes involved with a client, whose wife has begun acting like a dog. Lisa Kudrow plays the vet while Lee Tergensen is the frazzled husband,... See full summary »
A comedy about misfits in which a veterinarian becomes involved with a client, whose wife has begun acting like a dog. Lisa Kudrow plays the vet while Lee Tergensen is the frazzled husband, whose marriage is going to the dogs. Hank Azaria and Vincent D'Onofrio also star as does screenwriter/comedienne Heather Morgan as the canine wife. Written by
After every five cast credits there are scenes of the Birthday Party/Celebration for Lucy's first birthday as a dog. Peter, Lucy, Darla, Malcolm, and Sam are present along with the family dog & the birthday cake has a dog bone on it. See more »
Peter's (Lee Tergeson) young wife Lucy (Heather Morgan) begins to act like a dog. 'Bark' is a naturalistic account, told with some flashbacks but mostly in chronological order, of how Peter comes to understand how Lucy has gradually slipped off the edge of sanity. What makes 'Bark' a comedy is Peter's success at creating a home and a family of friends for Lucy.
Although mentally ill people have been treated before with levity (think of Dustin Hoffman in 'Rain Man') I can recall no other film that has approached the subject with such tenderness. Scenes of Peter bathing Lucy and of their apartment manager yelling through the ceiling to get her to stop barking and go back to sleep are original and memorable. Lisa Kudrow is hysterical as a neurotic veterinarian named Darla Portnoy, and Vincent D'Onofrio is convincing as the sad-sack psychiatric resident Malcolm who would rather play the harp.
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