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The Dog Problem (2006)

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In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Ribisi ... Solo
Lynn Collins ... Lola
Scott Caan ... Casper
Kevin Corrigan ... Benny
Mena Suvari ... Jules
Sarah Shahi ... Candy
Tito Ortiz ... Frank
Kimo Leopoldo ... Ted
Brian Goodman ... Joe the Guard
Jennifer Carpenter ... Redheaded Waitress
Laura Katz ... Late Night Waitress
Joanna Krupa ... Taffy
Crispian Belfrage ... Jeffrey the Butler
Med Abrous Med Abrous ... Brad
Melissa Keller ... Escalator Girl
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their final session, his therapist suggests that he gets a pet, so Solo buys a scrawny terrier that adds to his problems: the dog isn't house-trained; he owes money to a thug who's angry; at a dog park, he begs a woman he's just met to pay the veterinarian's bill when the dog is bitten; and his friend Casper has introduced him to a persistent rich girl who decides that she wants the dog. He could sell, settle his debts, and return to life with a clean carpet, or he could figure out why he doesn't want to part with the dog. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Eat. Sleep. Therapy. Repeat.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$914, 29 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$914, 29 April 2007
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Solo and Casper are having breakfast in the diner Solo's plate keeps switching position on the table between shots. First it is in front of him, then it's to his right, and then it switches back again. See more »

Quotes

Casper: The guy was like a major Pimp in the 70's, killed people and shit.
Solo: Okay, he didn't kill people.
Casper: Yes he did.
Solo: No he didn't.
Casper: Yes he did.
Solo: Okay, you're just making that up.
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Make It wit Chu
Performed by Queens of the Stone Age
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Very Well Played
7 July 2009 | by mellowinmanSee all my reviews

Oh man. The acting in this film is very good. The story would probably not look so good on paper. This film tried to take a turn into a suckfest about twenty times, and every time it tried, it failed. It was a truly touching story, and it had a wonderful, understated sense of humor that was a joy to watch.

I can understand a lot of people not getting this film. It doesn't hit you over the head with a message, but the message is there, loud and clear. It doesn't blow you away with funny scenes and gut wrenching jokes, but when it's funny, it is delightfully so.

The direction is lovely. It is straightforward enough that you don't notice it, and believe me, that is a sign that a director knows what he's doing. It's not workmanlike, or ordinary. It's quite artistic! But it's not artistic in a pretentious way. It complements the story.

The film has a message, as I said before, and I can tell you what that message is.

Of course, I'm not going to. Watch the film to see what happens, digest it, and then watch it again to enjoy its nuances.


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