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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
Scott Laska ...
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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Twelve Friends, One Great Summer, Soon They Will Be Legends

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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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Trivia

Played opening night at the Drake Film Festival in Bagnoli, Italy in 2009. 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

Ronald: I'm thinking about going over to that new girl's house and asking her to come with me to Satchem's party tonight.
The Chubby Kid: Isn't she a plumper?
Ronald: Yeah! And when she gets drunk, she's all about putting out.
The Chubby Kid: You don't even know her name.
Ronald: Don't worry about it. I'll just play it cool. I always do!
Husky Girl's Father: Can I help you?
Ronald: Uh, I was wondering if your, uh, daughter was around?
Husky Girl's Father: Which one?
Ronald: The husky one!
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Raise Hell
Written by Bonafair, Johnson
Performed by Spider Rico
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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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