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A Dog Year (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 September 2009 (USA)
A guy suffering from a midlife crisis takes in a dog that's crazier than he is.

Director:

George LaVoo

Writers:

George LaVoo, Jon Katz (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jon Katz
Lauren Ambrose ... Emma
Lois Smith ... Lois Blair
Domhnall Gleeson ... Anthony Armstrong
Welker White ... Brenda King
Elizabeth Marvel ... Margo
Pamela Stewart ... Patti (as Pamela Holden Stewart)
Deirdre O'Connell ... Donna Brady
Karen Allen ... Paula (voice)
Leo Trombetta Leo Trombetta ... Richard (voice)
Patricia Lentz ... Holly (voice) (as Pat Lentz)
Jan Leslie Harding Jan Leslie Harding ... Nancy Longhetti
Teresa Yenque ... Airport Bystander
Glenn Kessler ... Airport Police
Joe Wachowski ... Airport Police
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Jon Katz is close to burnout. He's a writer with writer's block; his wife has left for her sister's because he's emotionally distant; he rarely answers his phone. A kennel sends him a border collie that's undisciplined because of abuse. Despite a series of mishaps, Jon decides to keep trying with the dog, and he rents a dilapidated farm house to give the dog room to run. A local handyman refers Jon to a woman who might be able to help him train the dog. Reluctantly, Jon gives her a try. Is the dog the problem, or the owner? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hundår See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The veterinary hospital scenes in the film were shot at the Animal Hospital of White Plains. The hospital is co-owned by Dr. Maria Lagana, who also served as Vet consultant on the picture. See more »

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Disappointed. Who doesn't like Jeff Bridges? Me. He phoned it in.
3 August 2016 | by wingsonwaterSee all my reviews

Really disappointed in the film as an avid Jon Katz reader and fan. It took how many weeks to build the HBO Memorial Lambing Shed? Where was it? And the film showed none of Bedlam Farm. Perhaps that hilltop where the Blair woman showed Katz what a real sheep dog can do was actually the steep hill on his NY property although the bulk of it was filmed several miles west of his home. The actual view of the village is stupendous, missed that. Where were the donkeys?

Sorry, Jeff Bridges fans, but I did not get any of Mr. Katz's true angst from him. He was his usual, my-way-or-the-highway character, which I have grown very tired of over the past few decades. And I've been there for his entire career. I once had a pre-teen crush on the guy when he appeared in Sea Hunt with his dad, but ended up loving his brother way more. The last film I liked Jeff in was "Blown Away". John Goodman would have brought more of Jon Katz to the Jon Katz in this movie. I kept waiting the movie to really start and suddenly it was over. As dog movies go, the one about the Pig was better.


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