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Year of the Dog (2007)

Molly Shannon , John C. Reilly , Mike White  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Peter Sarsgaard, Laura Dern, Regina King
  • Directors: Mike White
  • Writers: Mike White
  • Producers: Mike White, Ben LeClair, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jack Black
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RZIGW2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,475 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Year of the Dog" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Making of Year of the Dog
  • 3 Feauturettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Editorial Reviews

Molly Shannon plays Peggy, a happy-go-lucky secretary who is a great friend, employee, and sister living alone with her beloved dog Pencil. But when Pencil unexpectedly dies, Peggy must find meaning in her life. John C. Reilly, Peter Sarsgaard, Regina King and Laura Dern turn in great comic performances as the significant people in Peggy’s life who give her ill-fitting advice.

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Molly Shannon has made a career out "crazy", so it's not surprising that she shines here as the reclusive Peggy, whose closest and dearest friend is her pet beagle, Pencil. First-time director Mike White shows us how close they are, and how codependent Peggy is: they have dinner together, watch TV together, and sleep together, Peggy cuddling and hugging Pencil to her much as she might a boyfriend or husband. Pencil doesn't seem to mind.

But then Pencil is ripped from her life. Having trespassed onto a neighbor's lawn (John C. Reilly), he is found one morning lying on his side, unresponsive. A terrified Peggy tears off to the veterinarian, but it's too late. He's gone. White handles this delicate scene well. Instead of force-feeding Peggy's loss to us with frolicking scenes of a happy Peggy and a bouncing waggily-tailed Pencil, he simply shows her sobbing in her car in the vet's parking lot. It's raw emotion, and Shannon delivers.

The loss unhinges her, and she turns her mourning into a unique passion for life. Guided by an asexual clinic worker (Peter Saarsgard - if not brilliant as many are claiming, quite good in this roll) from her vet's office who helps place foster dogs, she is introduced to veganism, and PETA, amongst other "animal rights" activities, and she finds herself, suddenly, an accidental activist. Her newfound role disrupts the comfortable ones she has found herself in: spinster, gift-giving aunt, and trusted assistant to her boss.

I referenced above that Shannon has made a career out of "crazy", and while that's true, her more hilarious characters usually display their own unhinged grasp of reality through various forms of physical humor (Mary Catherine Gallagher on SNL, and Val Bassett on Will and Grace).
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good 'Year' For Shannon and White October 10, 2007
Screenwriter Mike White's "Year of the Dog," which marks his directorial debut, was underappreciated during theatrical release last spring despite its being chockfull of wit, charm, intriguing characters and a fiercely original plot. Molly Shannon strays out of comedic bounds and nails the lead character of Peggy, proving she has a wealth of dramatic talent that has gone largely underused. Now on DVD, her performance is a grand revelation.

Peggy is a typical wallflower working in a typical office building as a typical secretary. In her early 40's, her social calendar is an arctic wilderness yet she is acquiescent, for her supreme pleasure in life is devotion to Pencil, her impossibly adorable pet beagle. Pencil dies in a needless accident, however, and Peggy is sent into a harrowing tailspin. The death of a house pet may not seem more like an unfortunate event than a grand trauma, but viewers with this mindset are in for a surprise - the realization of Pencil's death is most rattling, and Shannon is a marvel to watch as her ensuing devastation twists and jerks throughout the course of the movie affecting all aspects of her life.

No one is able to empathize with her sad state, which puts her at odds with the world. Her friend and co-worker Layla, a Type A personality portrayed by the incomparable Regina King, insists that Peggy pursue a romantic life, loosen up and "stop shacking up with dogs." Her brother Pier and sister-in-law Bret, played with [...]-retentive relish by Thomas McCarthey and Laura Dern, expect her to move on quickly and avoid saying "d-e-a-t-h" in front of their first-grader. Meanwhile, her self-involved boss Robin, played to archetypal tight-wound perfection by Josh Pais, expects an early Christmas bonus should ease her troubles.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely wonderful !!! September 21, 2007
i havent laughed so hard at anything since the in-laws the one w peter falk of course--- this is a satire-- so most people dont even get it---- this movie is brilliantly written directed cast and acted-- the art direction and photography- everything adding up to a pitch perfect scathing satire-- making fun of obsessed people, pet owners vegans bizness people people who cant find love accept thru their not always so domesticated pet animals-- but whats most amazing is how straight its played and how funny it is-- this is brilliant work by all-- molly shannon is a revelation to watch--- the close ups are all perfect and hysterical--- satires are what close on saturday night a famous theatre anecdote states-- satires are usually not understood apparently--they require a certain sophistication of thought/ understanding that seems apparently beyond most --certainly the reviews ive read all miss the whole point of this right on gem-----i`m eternally grateful that writers producers etc--havent given up on this genre---- the moments of real drama here are so sharp and well acted-- mollys moment crying uncontrollably in her car-- amazing-- and then followed by such low key understated hysteria-- her bosses reaction to her problem-- the looks on their faces--- the movie is also about how people are in their own worlds and do not connect truly w each other---transferring intimacy to animals etc---- but its how well its all done that makes it so praiseworthy--- for those who will get it-- go get it !!!!! in its own way this is a real gem of a movie----i went from crying along w molly-- to laughing harder than ive laughed in -what ?? years ??!!!!! just moments later--- i truly love this movie--- but i know most wont-- too bad-you have no idea what you are missing- kudos to all involved--sheer brilliance !!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Watcher Beware!
This has got to be the stupidest movie I have ever seen in my life. Shame on you, Molly Shannon for luring me into this movie on the premise that it would be funny. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Joey S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Animal Rights Activists
In Year of the Dog, Peggy is slowly becoming aware of cruelty to animals and becomes an animal rights activist. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J.B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
(Spoilers) After seeing the brilliant HBO series "Enlightened", I wanted to see more movies or shows written by Mike White. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Supershopper
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this movie for reasons which will offend animal activists!
Overall I liked this movie, but it was a close call and this movie deserves 3 1/2 stars instead of 4. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diane Stranz
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST love dogs to really appreciate
Quirky movie, but as a serious dog lover, I really appreciated it. One thing I liked the most was that they showed what can happen between dogs and that responsible people who... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Judy S Farron
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat labored attempt at "Black Comedy" but Molly is fabulous
For Molly Shannon fans and dog lovers and animal lovers in general, here is something different.

Shannon goes deep in an acting challenge, even enduring some... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Phil S.
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a comedy! a real WASTE of time!
This is so NOT a comedy! This is a waste of time and it never got any better. I am sure Molly Shannon acted this stupid movie well but why???? Don't bother with this one.
Published 12 months ago by bascelflt
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother - Horrible movie
If you care about your dog, you'll make sure it can't get out of the yard. This is called being a responsible pet owner. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Earnhardt
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but well worth seeing
I'm not surprised that reviewers are divided on this movie. it's not for everyone. and there are parts that lag more than others. however, it is though provoking. Read more
Published 16 months ago by AngieB
2.0 out of 5 stars did not like movie
invited friends over and we all really did not enjoy the movie and all hated the ending. was not as funny as we thought it would be
Published 18 months ago by tami
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