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Year of the Dog

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Mike White

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About the Movie

An unremarkable administrative assistant finds her life going to the dogs both literally and figuratively in actor/screenwriter-turned-director Mike White's dark comedy drama. An inexplicably cheerful office worker whose somewhat sad excuse for a life seems to revolve around her pet beagle Pencil, Peggy (Molly Shannon) seems to relate better to her four-legged friend than she does to most humans. Most of her person-to-person interaction revolves around doting on other people's children and treating her co-workers to daily donuts, and Peggy just doesn't find much solace in the company of her know-it-all sister-in-law Bret (Laura Dern) or her anxiety-prone boss Robin (Josh Pais). When Peggy's dog Pencil is taken before his time, the devastated dog-lover is wracked with guilt. Now desperate to fill the gaping void that has suddenly opened in her life, Peggy agrees to a date with her gun-nut neighbor Al (John C. Reilly) that ends in disaster when she begins to suspect that the boorish brute may have in fact poisoned her ill-fated pooch. Later, after adopting every dog at the local pound and transforming herself into an overzealous animal-rights activist, the increasingly unhinged Peggy reaches out to asexual activist Newt (Peter Sarsgaard) in a last-grasp attempt at forming a human connection that is met with casual indifference.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 142
  • Fresh: 98
  • Rotten: 44
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Despite the gimmicky direction and a disappointing climax, this is a distinctive and unsettling comedy. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Much is said in little moments: The entire cast offers jots of humor and insight, from Reilly and Sarsgaard to Laura Dern as a spiny sister-in-law and Regina King as Layla, a vehemently supportive friend. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: White's humanist account of a woman more comfortable with animals than people is another intricately crosshatched sketch in his gallery of outsiders. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Is it possible for a movie to anthromorphize humans? – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This is a very disappointing film. While I am an animal lover, this movie stinks. Yes, there were a few funny parts, but overall it is a waste of time and money. As the credits rolled I thought, "What did I just watch?" One star is more than it deserves.

Was I watching the same movie?????

I am seriously clueless why this movie is in the comedy section and why it got such good reviews. I watched the entire movie only because I couldn't see how it could possibly get worse-but it did. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


i love molly (and others in this cast) and love dogs and didn't like this that much sorta falls flat really

Year of the Dog
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2007

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