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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Fast and easy transaction. Excellent quality and good price. Absolutely no problems.Published on July 7, 2014 by John C.
For you comedy and romance Fans...this gets an A+ from me in both categories. it is like enjoying a nice relaxing read. Be sure to check it out.Published on September 24, 2013 by KymberLunas, of Eastern Washington
Dog Park is the epitome of an under-the-radar movie. Written by, directed by, and starring Bruce McCulloch (Kids in the Hall), it's an examination of love, fidelity, and dating... Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by MTW
by Dane Youssef
ONCE-TIME "Kid-In-The-Hall "Bruce McCulloch has one good-as-gold nugget of an idea here. Read more
I love this movie! And I agree with a lot of people on here if you aren't a Bruce fan or Kids in the hall fan, you might not like it. But there are some really funny parts/lines. Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Beth Kratwell
Well, it wasn't a horrible movie, it just seemed to fall flat. The acting was alright, but it wasn't enough. The humorous parts weren't funny. Read morePublished on June 25, 2006 by Jack Storm