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Dog Park

3.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A film about modern romance and the notion that a dog park is the singles bar of the late '90s. A young man, whose girlfriend has just left him and taken their dog, falls for another woman who is also on the rebound, but prefers the company of her dog to the company of men.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Zachary Bennett, Amie Carey, Gordon Currie, Diane Flacks, Janeane Garofalo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CNQYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,937 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dog Park" on IMDb

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Sometimes movies just work better on television then on the big screen. Bruce McCulloch's Dog Park is one of those instances where without the expectations that paying 10 bucks brings to a movie, a small film's charm can come through.
The story here is really not much of one. Guy gets dumped, girl takes dog, guy walks around complaining about girl who gets dog, and guy then starts falling for another girl with other dog. Yet without an over-bearing plot, the fun of Dog Park comes through, as the characters are given the leverage to express whatever feelings they have about their dating lives. Luke Wilson brings a down to earth quality to his role as Andy, the down-on-his-luck romantic. Wilson gives his character a believable bewilderment about his continuing troubles with the opposite sex. The big surprise here is Natasha Henstridge, making her character Lorna someone who you could actually meet in a bar. Even though she�s a knockout, the leggy blond is actually able to fit in nicely to the day-to-day quality of the film.
The dialogue is very sitcom like, but on the boob tube that's not a problem. Wilson's and Janeane Garofalo's characters, chat about relationships in almost the same way that Jerry and Elaine talked about dating on Seinfeld. The only difference is the characters are far more endearing. Garofalo�s natural likeability for example, is able to shine through in her small, yet very key role.
Dog Park has more sweet then funny moments, there isn't per say a laugh-out-loud instance in the movie. But Dog Park does have a brisk lightness to it with characters who you don't mind spending 90 minutes with. Think of it as a nice sit down with friends movie, that is much better than what is normally on TV.
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for those who need explosions, julia roberts, or buses that can't slow down in order to enjoy a film, this one is not for you. Dog Park is a smart romantic comedy, brilliantly directed and with a great soundtrack to boot (esp. rox sexsmith). the viewer is treated to the added bonus of the chemistry between bruce mccolluch and mark mckinney and between the brothers wilson. not a character is wasted in this film-- rare for a genre that thrives off superfluous "best friend" roles. there are no mere "best friends" in this romantic comedy that not only amuses, but makes subtle assertions about the the human heart. mccolluch's visionary direction makes great use of his talented, all-star cast. mccolluch won't spoonfeed the viewer. if you're not willing to think while viewing, you best watch buy yourself a mainstream american comedy, perhaps something starring david spade.
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As a huge dog lover and an avid dog park enthusiast, I could readily recognize the funny and amusing truths in this movie. In fact, with better pacing and a tighter script, this film could have been hysterical and highly entertaining. While a couple of the actors really mine the humor in their respective characters (for instance, Mark McKinney as an uber-committed "dog therapist"), the finished product -- unfortunately -- seems a little sloppy and flat.

I think some of that has to do with first-time director Bruce McCulloch, a talented "Kids in the Hall" alum who in the past (like fellow KITH-er McKinney) has demonstrated a great sense of comic timing. Here though, he seems to struggle with achieving a tight narrative, an even tone, and a balanced set of performances across his relatively large ensemble cast. For instance, Janeane Garofalo is clearly playing against type as the grounded Jeri, but she seems so subdued here that her signature snark is almost snuffed out completely. Luke Wilson is handsome and likeable in virtually every role he takes on, but here I found his chemistry with Natasha Henstridge as flat as visual wallpaper. In fact, many of the characters seem to wander somewhat aimlessly from scene to scene (and from bed to bed). Shows like "Seinfeld" have proven that this approach can be highly entertaining -- but movies like "Dog Park" suggest it's much harder to pull off than it looks.

All in all, this isn't an unpleasant viewing experience -- and the dogs, in their various scenes and transitions, admittedly steal the show. The movie as a whole is light as fluff, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But many of the situations and speeches (such as the drawn-out "dating chain" theory) seem just a little too contrived, forced, over-scripted, and/or unrealistic.
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Dog park is one of those romantic comedies that make you feel better after you watch it. The plot focus on relationships and shows how hard it is to find the ONE in your life. Andy (Luke Wilson) is a guy who has just broke with his girlfriend (Kathleen Roberson), and who misses the dog they have, who now lives with her. Kind of depressed, he tries to find comfort in a single's bar, where he meets Lorna (Natasha Henstridge) who is also feeling lonely. After a disastrous first date, they stop seeing each other, trying to meet new and interesting people, which may seems hard. This film proves that whenever you want to find someone to love, you just have to be opened to the least expected possibilities.
This movie has very inteligent dialogues, and weird theories about relationships, like the "dating chain"(watch to find out what it is!). It is also a very creative movie, with memorable scenes, such as the bachelor auction, when Andy is "bought" by a girl crazy for sex.
This is the perfect film to rent/buy and watch several times!
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