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  (in credits order)

Molly Shannon ... Peggy

Laura Dern ... Bret

Regina King ... Layla

Thomas McCarthy ... Pier

Josh Pais ... Robin

John C. Reilly ... Al

Peter Sarsgaard ... Newt

Amy Schlagel ... Lissie

Zoe Schlagel ... Lissie

Dale Godboldo ... Don
Inara George ... Holly

Liza Weil ... Trishelle
Jon Shere ... Pound Employee

Christy Moore ... Al's Girlfriend (as Christy Lynn Moore)

Audrey Wasilewski ... Audrey

Brenda Canela ... Brenda

Craig Cackowski ... Craig

Steve Berg ... Steve
Susan Mackin ... Susan
Chuck Duffy ... Jeff

Sonya Eddy ... Nurse
Ursula Brauner ... Dog Owner

Giddle Partridge ... Blond Floozie
Benjamin Koesling ... Benjy
Dominik Koesling ... Benjy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jimmy the Dog ... Dog (uncredited)
Dan Kapelovitz ... Bag Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike White 
Writing credits
Mike White (written by)

Produced by
Dede Gardner .... producer
Ben LeClair .... producer
Nan Morales .... executive producer
Brad Pitt .... executive producer
Mike White .... producer
Jack Black .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dody Dorn 
Casting by
Meredith Tucker 
Production Design by
Daniel Bradford 
Art Direction by
Macie Vener 
Set Decoration by
K.C. Fox 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
Makeup Department
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist: Ms. Laura Dern
Raqueli Dahan .... additional makeup artist
Roma Goddard .... hair stylist
Norma Lee .... key hair stylist
Lisa Nash-Jones .... key makeup artist
Dionne Smith .... makeup department head (as Dionne P. Smith)
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair department head
Production Management
Ralph Bertelle .... executive in charge of production
Teresa Kelly .... post-production supervisor
Leigh Shanta .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven F. Beaupre .... second assistant director
Scott Robertson .... first assistant director
Nikki Swasey Seaton .... second second assistant director (as Nicole Swasey)
Art Department
John W. Baldwin .... toolperson
Don Barker .... set dresser
Steve Borgese .... greens supervisor
Mark Boucher .... paint foreperson
Christian Brennan .... art department assistant
David Christopher Campbell .... propmaker foreperson (as David C. Campbell)
Peggy Casey .... lead set buyer
Juliane Crump .... art department assistant
Todd Daniels .... set dresser
Bruce Di Valerio .... construction coordinator
Gerald Donahoe .... set dresser
Philip Ginolfi .... labor foreperson
Linda Griffis .... art department coordinator
Jon Kazunaga .... propmaker foreperson
Andy Knight .... propmaker foreperson
Mike Malone .... on-set dresser
Stephen McCumby .... property assistant
Ron 'Butch' Montgomery .... construction general foreperson (as Butch Montgomery)
Roderick Nunnally .... paint supervisor (as Rod Nunnally)
Kim Richey .... assistant property master
Michelle Spears .... property master
Scott B. Valdes .... on-set painter (as Scott Valdes)
Heather L. Watson .... leadperson
Chris Withrow .... foreperson
Chris Withrow .... gangboss
Rainer Wolf .... labor foreperson
Jane Fitts .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bradford Bell .... foley recordist
Perry Dodgson .... boom operator
Robert Eber .... sound mixer (as Robert D. Eber)
Aaron Glascock .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Glascock .... supervising sound editor
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Tim LeBlanc .... sound mix assistant
Wayne Lemmer .... assistant sound editor
Jared Marshack .... sound mix assistant
Michael Mesirow .... cable person
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Scott Morgan .... foley recordist
John Roesch .... foley artist
Kira Roessler .... dialogue editor (as Kira)
Curt Schulkey .... sound re-recording mixer
Curt Schulkey .... supervising sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
John Joseph Thomas .... foley supervisor (as John Thomas)
John Joseph Thomas .... sound effects editor (as John Thomas)
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Thomas Mertz .... special effects coordinator (as Tom Mertz)
Visual Effects by
Dick Edwards .... visual effects supervisor: Invisible Effects
William Morts .... stunt coordinator (as Billy Morts)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ismael Araujo Jr. .... grip
Greg Brooks .... dolly grip
Glenn Cannon .... video assist operator
Alan Caudillo .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ted Chu .... additional camera operator
Vidal Cohen .... first company grip
Louis DiCesare .... chief lighting technician
Tim Durr .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Timothy Durr)
Michael Fastoso .... second company rigging grip
Erin Franklyn .... grip
Roy C. Granada .... location rigging technician (as Roy Granada)
David Haskin .... electrician
Mark Hochman .... 24 frame playback technician
Jimi Johnson .... video assist operator
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Linda Källérus)
Mako Koiwai .... first assistant camera: second unit (as F. Mako Koiwai)
Michelle Mann .... assistant camera: "b" camera
John McCormack .... stage rigging technician
Michael K. O'Melia .... chief rigging technician
Dustin Pearlman .... film loader
Matthew A. Petrosky .... camera operator
Brendon Phillips .... electrician
Joseph Prado .... second company grip
Lex Rawlins .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Nikola Ristic .... electrician
Michael A. Savage .... first company rigging grip (as Michael Savage)
Moulaye Sene .... electrician (as Indrissa Moulaye Sene)
Matthew J. Siegel .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jason Lee Smith .... grip
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Mark Venezia .... grip
Chris Walden .... generator operator (as Chris D. Walden)
Rick Whitfield .... 24 frame playback supervisor
Niel Williams .... grip
Casting Department
Tina Kerr .... background casting
Ashley Slater .... casting assistant
Jacque Lawson .... extras coordinator: on set (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeannine Bourdaghs .... on-set costumer
Anita Louise Brown .... key costumer (as Anita Brown)
Dana Griffin .... costume production assistant
Stacy Horn .... costume supervisor (as Stacy M. Horn)
Suzanne Robertson .... on-set costumer (as Suzy Robertson)
Editorial Department
Lori Ball .... additional editor
Robert Benedict .... editorial production assistant
George Chavez .... color timer
Alexandra Leviloff .... assistant editor: avid
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson-Fraser)
Pablo Prietto .... assistant editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
James Gadd .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Adam Blau .... score coordinator
Fernand Bos .... additional music editor
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Andrew Hausmann .... music librarian (as Andrew Hauschild)
Greg Hayes .... assistant score recording engineer
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
Larry Mah .... additional score mixer
Mike Nowak .... conductor: orchestra
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Noah Scot Snyder .... digital score recordist (as Noah Snyder)
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Casey Stone .... music scoring recordist
Ronald J. Webb .... music editor
Terry Wilson .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jack R. Campbell .... transportation co-captain
Bert Fernandez .... transportation dispatcher
Mike Riportella .... transportation captain
Wayne Williams .... transportation coordinator
Rob Byer .... driver: fuel truck (uncredited)
Bruce Callahan .... transportation (uncredited)
Vicki Sousa .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
David Bax .... production assistant
Kim Bonham .... animal trainer
Ursula Brauner .... head animal trainer
Jon Bruno .... adr loop group
Joshua Bryant .... stand-in: Mr. Sarsgaard
Jennifer Byrd .... stand-in: Ms. King (as Jenn Byrd)
Kathleen Marie Carr .... stand-in: Ms. Shannon (as Kathleen Carr)
Donna Corwin .... studio teacher
Emily Currie .... assistant: Mr. Gardner
Cris De Arce .... production assistant
Jason De Meo .... accounting clerk
Brian Demonbreun .... stand-in: Mr. Reilly
Devon Evans .... animal trainer
Charles Fagin .... assistant location manager
France Myung Fagin .... location manager
Heidi Falconer .... unit publicist
Manuel Figueroa .... production assistant
Eric Fitzgerald .... titles
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Max Grey .... set intern
Nicholas Guest .... adr loop group
Mark Harden .... assistant animal trainer
Jason Harris .... adr loop group
Shelly Heyward .... production assistant (as Shelly M. Heyward)
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
Natalie Hsieh .... set production assistant
Mary Jasionowski .... production accountant
Stephen Kardell .... assistant location manager: Boston (as Stephen E. Kardell)
Phillip Knoedel .... construction medic
Angela Kodicek .... stand-in: Ms. Dern
Kate Lott .... production assistant
James E. Maddux .... location medic
Amanda J. Mantovani .... assistant: Ms, Shannon
Frank McGrath .... production assistant
Karl Brian Miller .... animal trainer
Stephanie A. Purdy .... animal trainer
Lynne Redding .... adr loop group
Beatriz Rivas .... payroll accountant
Melissa Robinson .... consultant: product placement
Rebecca Robinson .... assistant: Mr. White
Al Rodrigo .... adr loop group
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Jennifer Scott .... first assistant accountant
Stan Sellers .... adr loop group
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Jon Shere .... project consultant
John Summers .... stand-in for Thomas McCarthy
Elizabeth Swackhamer .... adr loop group
Emily Takehara .... post-production accountant
Hirotatsu Taniguchi .... production assistant
Amy H. Tung .... assistant production coordinator
Diane Ward .... production coordinator
Claudette Wells .... adr loop group
Jeff White .... assistant: Mr. Sarsgaard
Katherine Grace .... layout board (uncredited)
Noel Davis Poyner .... publicity intern (uncredited)
Miguel Arteta .... thanks
Matthew Greenfield .... thanks
Alicia Silverstone .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive references
97 min
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The website where Molly makes her card is a real website for making greeting cards.See more »
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:How did she die?
Al:I shot her in Wyoming. You want some more wine?
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Self-Discovery and an Alienating Social Conscience Intertwine in One Lonely Woman's Life, 2 September 2007
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

It's a woefully uneven film that seems longer than its 97 minutes, yet Molly Shannon brings her particularly individualistic appeal to the role of Peggy, a diffident, socially awkward secretary whose most meaningful relationship is with her beagle Pencil. The attraction is understandable as the dog is adorable and attentive, whereas the people in Peggy's life are too self-absorbed to get past judgment of her solitary existence. As he showed with his script for 2002's The Good Girl, screenwriter and first-time director Mike White has a unique way of presenting characters' idiosyncrasies on screen that seems both bemused and generous. He brings Peggy's quiet desperation and passive acceptance to life with extended shots that seem almost taken from still-life photos. The inevitable occurs, and Peggy's feeling of culpability spirals her into despair groping for what she should do next.

Most of the 2007 film deals with her tentative journey, and while much of the film is driven by character-driven laughs, there is a deepening sense of melancholy with every episode. Toward the final stretch, White unfortunately carries things too far and has Peggy go into extremities before finding her destiny, and her behavior at this point threatens to upend the goodwill generated by what happened before. Regardless, he has assembled quite an impressive cast to inhabit his somewhat askew characters starting with Shannon who manages to convey Peggy's loneliness with surprising subtlety. Consider that this otherwise slapstick comic actress has made her reputation on slapstick, spastic characters like Mary Katherine in Superstar or Val, the obsessive, kleptomaniac neighbor in several episodes of Will & Grace. Instead, her low-key portrayal comes close to Jennifer Aniston's exemplary work in The Good Girl.

Returning from that movie in typical hangdog fashion, John C. Reilly plays Peggy's lunk-headed neighbor who admits to killing his own dog in a hunting accident, a revelation that exposes his fascination with guns and dead animal heads. Regina King is her sassy self though oddly encouraged to play over-the-top as Peggy's sassy office co-worker Layla, whose own relationship with a philanderer unmasks as much desperation as Peggy's situation. Laura Dern is flat-out hilarious as Peggy's sister-in-law Bret, a well-meaning control freak married to overly cautious Pier played by Thomas McCarthy. There's also a funny turn by Josh Pais as Peggy's Dilbert-inspired boss, and Peter Sarsgaard takes a lighter but still bizarre turn than usual as Newt, the passively manipulative, sexually confused dog trainer who really sets off Peggy's darker side.

The 2007 DVD comes with quite a few extras starting with the amusing, off-kilter commentary by White and Shannon. Their chemistry continues in a seven-minute "Moviefone Unscripted with Molly Shannon and Mike White", where the two ask each other questions from Moviefone users. There is the obligatory making-of featurette, the sixteen-minute "A Special Breed of Comedy: The Making of Year of the Dog". Those were satisfying enough, but there are also three additional shorts of only marginal interest - one focusing on the training of the dogs used in the film and the other two brief, four-minute profiles of Shannon and White. One extended and seven deleted scenes are included as well as a three-minute gag reel and a quick photo album of unique images presented as an insert reel.

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