Year of the Dog
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 Peggys life who give her ill-fitting advice.
- The Making of Year of the Dog
- 3 Feauturettes
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious!!! I loved this movie. Molly Shannon was a trip. Her boss with the dry personality and Regina King as coworker home girl, was equally entertaining. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mburris
If you're an animal lover, you've got to see this. The message of the film is that everyone has a love of their life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chihuahua Mom
I bought this movie after reading a review of Angel Dog, and one reviewer recommended this movie as a better choice. However, in my opinion, it certainly is not. Read morePublished 3 months ago by tumbleweed
Love this movie. Quirky and thoughtful. Not for everyone but a true animal lover will "get it."Published 11 months ago by Mecco
I originally stumbled across this film by searching for Regina King movies, so unlike many of the other reviews I read, I didn't come with a predisposition regarding Molly Shannon... Read morePublished 15 months ago by JLG
It was like watching a bad pilot of the series Enlightened. Same monologue at the end of the movie as the series. I am truly upset I rented this movie. I want my time back! Read morePublished 17 months ago by LY
One look at all the negative comments, and I can say they didn't get the movie. As an ethical vegan and a real animal lover, I saw so much of myself in this film. Read morePublished 21 months ago by zz94