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Year of the Dog (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 May 2007 (USA)
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A secretary's life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies.

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Peggy is single, childless, in her 40s, a lonely executive assistant in a friendly office. Her dog Pencil is the love of her life, and when he dies after eating some sort of toxin, Peggy's life spins out of her control: a friendly neighbor invites her for dinner; a friendly staff member at her vet's calls with an abused dog he recommends she adopt - she does, and also finds herself attracted to this fellow. She becomes a vegan, supports animal-rights causes, and embroils her brother's young children in these concerns. Saving dogs and other animals become such a passion that her mental health and her job may be in danger. Are regaining control and finding love beyond her reach? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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dog | love | animal | office | neighbor | See All (151) »

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Has the world left you a stray?

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive references | See all certifications »

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$108,223 (USA) (13 April 2007)

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$1,538,703 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

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Peggy: I've always been disappointed by people. So... I've really only been able to count on my pets. I know it's pathetic, but...
Newt: Hey, it's not pathetic.
Peggy: ...but it's enough. It was enough last month and last week and it'll be enough next week, and... because of you, I've really been able to, acknowledge that part of my life in a deeper way, so... so thank you. And this just, you know, confirms what I already know, so...
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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Music for a Found Harmonium
written by Simon Jeffes
performed by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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A movie for animal lovers and haters
16 April 2007 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Most Americans have at one point in their lives experienced love for a dog or a cat. This movie captures that feeling and yet it shows what can happen when a person lets this love become all consuming and it does a great job. This is my personal favorite movie of 2007.

The characters that make up the movie are caricatures but yet they represent something real in all of us and and the themes in the movie accurately capture many issues that Americans face in contemporary society. What I like best is that "dog haters", if such people exist, will find much to enjoy in the movie as well. This is because the dark side of animal love is given equal time and thought as is given to the beauty of giving your heart and soul fully to the love of animals. Moreover, the main character is as easy to laugh at as to cry with.

This isn't some silly comedy like most of the other movies with dog in the title which are all in my opinion dogs. This is a black comedy with penetrating insights into issues that have a lot of proponents on opposite sides of a long spectrum. If you like to see a movie where you can check your brain in at the ticket booth then this one is probably not for you. If you like to be enlightened as well as entertained, check this out because in addition to giving the viewer a well thought out look at canine animals, this film is a brilliant portrayal of the psychology of the human animal as well.


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