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Year of the Dog (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 May 2007 (USA)
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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11 May 2007 (USA)  »

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El año del perro  »

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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 website where Molly makes her card is a real website for making greeting cards. See more »

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Peggy: So you were saying you had a dog who died when you were young?
Al: Tessie. I loved that dog. I had her since she was a puppy. We did everything together. She was my right-hand bitch... sorry, I mean in the dog way of being a bitch. Yeah, she died way too young. She was only six.
Peggy: Oh.
Al: Yeah.
Peggy: How did she die?
Al: I shot her in Wyoming. You want some more wine?
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References Spider-Man 3 (2007) See more »

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Pleasure Seekers
Written & performed by Phil Harmer & Cameron McBride
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I don't have much new to add, but this film is unfortunately being overlooked
30 April 2007 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I'm a sucker for movies about people and their pets. This film stars former SNL player Molly Shannon as a secretary whose personal life revolves around her beagle, Pencil. When he passes away unexpectedly, she has to find another reason to go on. The film first hints that she'll discover the world of humans around her, particularly men, as two new ones (John C. Reilly & Peter Saarsgard) enter her life. But it smartly steers away from the obvious and veers into a more original voyage of self-discovery. My only real problem with the film is that a lot of the supporting characters are a little too caricature-esquire (notably Shannon's boss, played by Josh Pais), but writer/director White does a good job of redeeming them for the most part. A very touching, gentle film that's well worth your time.


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