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Year of the Dog (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 May 2007 (USA)
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A secretary's life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies.

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... Peggy
... Bret
... Layla
... Pier (as Thomas McCarthy)
... Robin
... Al
... Newt
Amy Schlagel ... Lissie
Zoe Schlagel ... Lissie
... Don
Inara George ... Holly
... Trishelle
Jon Shere ... Pound Employee
... Al's Girlfriend (as Christy Lynn Moore)
... Audrey
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Peggy is single, childless, in her 40s, 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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dog | love | animal | office | neighbor | See All (151) »

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Has the world left you a stray?

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Comedy | Drama

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

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11 May 2007 (USA)  »

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El año del perro  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$108,223, 13 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,540,141, 28 June 2007
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

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Peggy: So you were saying you had a dog who died when you were young?
Al: Tessie. I loved that dog. I had her since she was a puppy. We did everything together. She was my right-hand bitch... sorry, I mean in the dog way of being a bitch. Yeah, she died way too young. She was only six.
Peggy: Oh.
Al: Yeah.
Peggy: How did she die?
Al: I shot her in Wyoming. You want some more wine?
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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Jimmy McGriff
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Finding direction, finding a purpose
18 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

To be honest, isn't everyone a little obsessed? Many characters in Year of the Dog have their own obsessions, their own ways of giving meaning or purpose to their lives.

The hunting neighbor is obsessed with his knife collection and his hunting fantasies. Peggy's sister is obsessed with her children. Her friend is obsessed with man-hunting and dating.

But Peggy lacks direction to her life. It's a plain vanilla existence for her, until a shattering event happens in her dull little world of routine.

Peggy's world expands, and she considers many things previously unknown to her.

She tries on new ideas, and in her own way finds her own "obsession" that also is less selfish than the paths chosen by others around her.

People who are unexcited by a purpose are pretty dull, but if we need to find something to give our lives direction and substance, why not choose an interest that helps others, including animals? Mike White has created a movie touches on a subject that many people experience, but few films cover.

It's a gem!


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