Mitzi @ the Movies
YEAR OF THE DOG
- Mitzi J. Johnson
YEAR OF THE DOG
Hello, hello and you are? I am writing in a limo, can you tell? ANTONIO BANDERAS is sitting next to me talking on his cell. Probably to Melanie. Whatever. I am sipping on a PERRIER. Life is good. So, this next film made me laugh and I also thought 'bout some stuff, so hey, that's pretty good, right?
Length: 97 minutes
Director: MIKE WHITE
Cast: MOLLY SHANNON, REGINA KING, PETER SARSGAARD, LAURA DERN, BRENDA CANELA, JOHN C. REILLY, DALE GODBOLDO, LIZA WEIL, AUDREY WASILEWSKI
Other Features: Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; audio commentary; gag reel.
Screen Format: Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Language and Sound: Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Original Release Date: 2007
Well, I have a lot of friends and relatives who have dogs. I have plants. So, I was in the video store looking around and this title caught my eye, probably 'cuz I know sooo many people who have dogs. I had read a little blurb on it awhile ago in a mag but I forgot about it. It is a BLACK COMEDY, so do not watch if you are expecting a cuddly, sweetsie film 'bout dogs. Basically, this woman, wonderfully played by MOLLY SHANNON (SUPERSTAR) has a dog that she loves a lot and then something happens to him and things get a bit out of control. MIKE WHITE (SCHOOL OF ROCK) is in the director's seat and I think he may have written the script. It is pretty funny. MOLLY SHANNON is great as are the supporting actors. REGINA KING is fab as her co-worker/ friend and LAURA DERN perfectly plays the wife of Shannon's bro. JOHN C. REILLY is great as the sleazy next door neighbor. The writing is funny and the camera work is good and simple. As a director, Mr. WHITE, lets the actors have their moments and I find that to be quite refreshing. There were some touching and thought-provoking bits inter-mixed with the laughs. Oh, and PETER SARSGAARD is quite the little scene stealer as a cute but weird guy who works at the animal shelter. I can't believe I almost forgot 'bout him. The character work done by the actors is really what I think makes this film work. So, if you like dogs check it out and if you don't, still check it out. It is funny.
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