A secretary's life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies.

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Mike White

Writer:

Mike White
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Shannon ... Peggy
Laura Dern ... Bret
Regina King ... Layla
Tom McCarthy ... Pier (as Thomas McCarthy)
Josh Pais ... Robin
John C. Reilly ... Al
Peter Sarsgaard ... Newt
Amy Schlagel ... Lissie
Zoe Schlagel ... Lissie
Dale Godboldo ... Don
Inara George Inara George ... Holly
Liza Weil ... Trishelle
Jon Shere Jon Shere ... Pound Employee
Christy Moore Christy Moore ... Al's Girlfriend (as Christy Lynn Moore)
Audrey Wasilewski ... Audrey
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Storyline

Peggy (Molly Shannon) is single, childless, in her forties, a lonely executive assistant in a friendly office. Her dog Pencil is the love of her life, and when he dies after eating some sort of toxin, Peggy's life spins out of her control: a friendly neighbor invites her for dinner; a friendly staff member at her vet's calls with an abused dog he recommends she adopt - she does, and also finds herself attracted to this fellow. She becomes a vegan, supports animal-rights causes, and embroils her brother's young children in these concerns. Saving dogs and other animals become such a passion that her mental health and her job may be in danger. Are regaining control and finding love beyond her reach? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Has the world left you a stray?

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive references | See all certifications »

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The screenplay for this movie was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Quotes

Peggy: It's nice to have a word that can describe you. I've never had that before.
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Connections

Features Anything Goes (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
Traditional tune, lyrics by Robert Burns (uncredited)
Arranged by Geoff Richards
performed by The Salvation Army Band
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A Really REAL Film
1 November 2007 | by scoochie9See all my reviews

"Year of the Dog" is by no means a Hollywood movie. No "perfect" characters here. No "perfect" story. Don't get me wrong, I love a good Hollywood movie. By all means, bring on the popcorn! We do, indeed, need that sort of entertainment in this day and age. I truly love it!

I'm just saying that this film is another breed altogether. "Year of the Dog" deals with situations, realities, and characters one might actually encounter in real life.

This film is brilliant in that it doesn't take sides. An animal lover (like myself) can watch it, and feel fulfilled and amused. A non-animal-lover (unlike myself) can likewise watch it, and feel fulfilled and amused.

Quite a tightrope writer/director Mr. White has created for himself. . .and completely succeeded at traversing. Bravo sir!

It's ultimately a story about how different sorts of people find a way of dealing with the painful events in their lives.

The actors are all on top form (particularly Regina King, Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Josh Pais, and Peter Saarsgard--not to mention all the beautiful animals).

One could view this story as an exploration of "Dysfunction in modern America". Or, one could view this story as an exploration of "How to deal with dysfunction in modern America".

Take your pick...


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Country:

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Release Date:

11 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,223, 15 April 2007

Gross USA:

$1,540,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,606,237
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