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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
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The worst thing the makers of this movie ever did was to categorize it as a comedy. But, they did a lot of things, right, too.
True to its name, "Bark" irritates within minutes of its endurance. You want to shake, Lucy, the barking woman. You are embarrassed for Peter, her husband. You ask yourself, "how could someone possibly endure this?" What the heck is funny about this? But, if you're able to get past the woefully misleading idea that this is going to be a funny movie, things begin to change.
Serious questions are posed. How would you react to a loved one's inexplicable decline into madness? If you were poor, how would you find help? Would you lock them away? Would you endure the madness...or, would you embrace the madness?
I agree with most of the professional pundits in some questionable casting - Lisa Kudrow, especially. Kudrow is a little too wacky, as is D'onofrio's character. But, it's valid to suggest that only humans who are "bent" in someway themselves, would ultimately forgive the eccentricities of others - even to the clinical degree.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who has lived with someone dealing with mental challenge issues. But, while it's light in parts, it's no comedy. And it's not at all as bad as you might expect.
Sean "good boy" Trapani
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