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Bark! (2002)

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A comedy about misfits in which a veterinarian becomes involved with a client, whose wife has begun acting like a dog. Darla is the vet while Peter is the frazzled husband, whose marriage is going to the dogs.

Director:

Kasia Adamik

Writer:

Heather Morgan
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Tergesen ... Peter
Heather Morgan Heather Morgan ... Lucy
Lisa Kudrow ... Darla
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Malcolm
Hank Azaria ... Sam
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Betty
Scott Wilson ... Harold
Aimee Graham ... Rebecca
Wade Williams ... Tom (as Wade Andrews Williams)
Jane Chung Jane Chung ... Elderly Woman
Lydia Look ... Receptionist
Toshi Toda ... Customer
Kim Robillard ... Car Parking Man
Mary Jo Smith ... Waitress
Kim Staunton ... Dr. Felcrest
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A comedy about misfits in which a veterinarian becomes involved with a client, whose wife has begun acting like a dog. Darla is the vet while Peter is the frazzled husband, whose marriage is going to the dogs.

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Who's walking whom?

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and brief sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Min fru är en hund See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Crazy Credits

After every five cast credits there are scenes of the Birthday Party/Celebration for Lucy's first birthday as a dog. Peter, Lucy, Darla, Malcolm, and Sam are present along with the family dog & the birthday cake has a dog bone on it. See more »

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References Old Yeller (1957) See more »

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Bad category. Good flick
24 October 2004 | by sptrapaniSee all my reviews

The worst thing the makers of this movie ever did was to categorize it as a comedy. But, they did a lot of things, right, too.

True to its name, "Bark" irritates within minutes of its endurance. You want to shake, Lucy, the barking woman. You are embarrassed for Peter, her husband. You ask yourself, "how could someone possibly endure this?" What the heck is funny about this? But, if you're able to get past the woefully misleading idea that this is going to be a funny movie, things begin to change.

Serious questions are posed. How would you react to a loved one's inexplicable decline into madness? If you were poor, how would you find help? Would you lock them away? Would you endure the madness...or, would you embrace the madness?

I agree with most of the professional pundits in some questionable casting - Lisa Kudrow, especially. Kudrow is a little too wacky, as is D'onofrio's character. But, it's valid to suggest that only humans who are "bent" in someway themselves, would ultimately forgive the eccentricities of others - even to the clinical degree.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who has lived with someone dealing with mental challenge issues. But, while it's light in parts, it's no comedy. And it's not at all as bad as you might expect.

Sean "good boy" Trapani


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