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Kicking the Dog (2009)

 -  Comedy  -  21 April 2009 (USA)
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Twelve friends spend one last great summer together, partying and reminiscing, ultimately realizing they will soon go their separate ways in life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl T. Evans ...
Matt
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Julie
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Satchem
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Ronald
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Josh
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Erin
Michael O'Grady Moriarty ...
Robbie
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Trish
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Amy
Brendan Wynne ...
Chubby Kid
Simone Stout ...
Jen
Helen Green ...
Angie
B.J. Riggins ...
Julie's Mom
David M. Francis ...
Amy's Impotent Boyfriend
Dawn Lammey ...
Handsome Girl Who Won't Trade Panties
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Remember that last great summer you had with your friends? The summer you hoped would never end. Kicking The Dog is the story of that summer - a story about real life. Yes, the characters need to make life-changing decisions, but they're also partying, poking boobs, searching the fridge for emergency lubricants, telling stories about sharing condoms and enjoying other distractions that make spending time with old friends something so memorable you'll never find it anywhere else in life - no matter who you meet. Satchem and Julie must decide whether they should pursue their own personal dreams, or stay together, all while telling stories about nipples and wieners. Matt can and will hook up with any girl that crosses his path, including the girl of his brother Robbie's dreams. The sexually frustrated Josh finds himself working at the local porn shop while dating the former slut turned good-girl Jen. Soon his interest in fetishes conflicts with her new found morals, leading to some ... Written by Anonymous

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summer | party | dog | keg | sex | See more »

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Twelve Friends, One Great Summer, Soon They Will Be Legends

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive sexual content, language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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21 April 2009 (USA)  »

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$72,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the three songs on the soundtrack by Tom Karpovich - "Donna Jean" and "Jailhouse Blues" - were recorded in about 1978, but the original master was destroyed in a fire. The songs were dubbed from an LP record onto a CD and included in the movie, which explains the "scratchy" sound of a needle on a record. The third song "Let's Get Drunk Together" was re-recorded for the movie. See more »

Goofs

The character of Matt wears two different styles of pants during the second evening in the movie. When he's in the bedroom with the first girl, he's wearing "warmup" pants that button down the side, which he rips off. Later, when he's in the bedroom with the second girl, he's wearing button-fly jeans, which he rips off. See more »

Quotes

Jen: Did you ever give a footjob? It's all Josh ever wants?
Amy: What's a footjob?
Jen: It involves your toes, your feet, and his wang.
Julie: Does it involve the anus?
Jen: Not yet.
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We Are Here
Written by Moody, Bess, Miller
Performed by The Dead 50's
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Very Funny for Indie Comedy
3 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, if this was on a Hollywood budget, I would have rated it a 6. I considered giving it a 9 because of the budget, but settled on a reasonable 8. It is very funny and at times I caught myself rewinding the movie because I missed a joke because me or one of my buddies was laughing and couldn't hear it.

The context is somewhat simple - college kids (with a few high schoolers, as well as an over-the-hill hanger-on) party on 2-3 weekends and discuss sex while trying to have sex. It's very straight-forward and I've heard my friends have similar conversations many times. The writer has a keen ear for natural dialog and it's displayed with nearly every conversation, which are usually rapid-fire and funny. Even the few argument scenes come across very good, which I definitely didn't expect from this movie (thanks to Elizabeth Schmidt, who we should see more of).

Occasionally you feel trapped inside the house - since nearly every scene happens in a single location. But just about the time you think it's going to drag, the tempo picks up, a location changes, or something bizarre happens (cue the dwarf-3some dream sequence).

One nice thing about this movie is that the girls actually remind me of girls I hang out with. They're cool, can hang with guys, and are not simply an object to be conquered, although the guys are spending most of their time trying to hook up. And maybe that's why it seems so natural - because the guys are being themselves around the girls - having fun and trying to have sex, not just one or the other.

It's not for everyone, but it's worth a look because it you like the humor, you may rate it higher than I did. It also has a very impressive soundtrack, although I haven't found the songs for sale.


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