Shy, chain-smoking, insomniac Peter McGowan is an L.A. playwright with a string of hits that preceded his current ten years of failed productions. His mother-in-law is sinking into senility, a stranger is meandering the neighborhood claiming to be him, neighbors have a new dog that barks all night; his wife wants to have a child, and he does not: he's become impotent. He's working on a new play when a single mom moves in next door with her 8-year-old daughter. His wife immediately invites the girl into the McGowan household. Will this child stir Peter's paternal feelings? Will she also help him get his dialogue right? And what of his doppelganger and the neighbor's dog?
One man's pet is another man's peeve.
5 March 2003 (France)
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Also Known As:
Como Matar o Cão do Vizinho
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Opening Weekend USA: $18,956,
24 February 2002, Limited Release
Gross USA: $48,564, 21 April 2002
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
Outside of festivals, the film did not receive a major theatrical release and wound up going directly to cable. See more
Mr. McGowen, I think we're ready. This way, please.
After the credits roll, there is a short break showing the scene portraying the dog after it had been shot. The director shouts "cut," and the dog gets off the ground and barks. See more
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A Groovy Kind of Love
Music by Toni Wine
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Petula Clark
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group See more