How To Kill Your Neighbor's Dog

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Somewhere in L.A., Peter Kenneth Branagh, a washed-up British playwright, struggles to duplicate his past glory as he surfs a foul-smelling tide of disenchantment. His wife, Melanie Robin Wright Penn, manages to maintain an optimistic outlook even as she longs for the baby that her husband is hesitant to help her conceive. When Peter befriends Amy Suzi Hofrichter, a neighborhood girl who has mild cerebral palsy, their friendship softens him to the idea of fatherhood and propels Melanie's maternal yearnings into ...
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Somewhere in L.A., Peter Kenneth Branagh, a washed-up British playwright, struggles to duplicate his past glory as he surfs a foul-smelling tide of disenchantment. His wife, Melanie Robin Wright Penn, manages to maintain an optimistic outlook even as she longs for the baby that her husband is hesitant to help her conceive. When Peter befriends Amy Suzi Hofrichter, a neighborhood girl who has mild cerebral palsy, their friendship softens him to the idea of fatherhood and propels Melanie's maternal yearnings into hyperdrive. As if baby fever weren't enough, Peter is plagued by a seemingly benevolent stalker Jared Harris, his neighbors' incessantly noisy dog, and the flighty cast and crew of his latest play. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx
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Never mind the unfortunately cutesy title. How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog is a smartly written slice of the life of a jaded Los Angeles playwright, a former "angry young man" named Peter McGowen, brought into sardonic existence by Kenneth Branagh. In a journey that at times recalls Wonder Boys, Michael Kalesniko has constructed a little-known but delightfully funny addition to the films about the mid-life ennui of the artist. He's found a perfect muse in Branagh, who relishes the change of pace from his Shakespearean fare, letting loose with zippy line-deliveries and a persona that seems influenced by his work with (and impersonation of) Woody Allen in Celebrity. Kalesniko's sharp script also attracted the famously picky Robin Wright Penn, who makes a good sparring partner as Peter's wife, Melanie, indulging Peter's world view, but only until it becomes out-and-out kvetching. McGowen's environs get fleshed out with a panoply of interesting supporting characters, who alternately drive him crazy or move him on a path toward personal growth. On the one hand, there's the stalker who's posing as McGowen (the inspired Jared Harris), who ends up becoming the real McGowen's confidant during his bouts with insomnia. Then there's the handicapped neighborhood girl (Suzi Hofrichter), who cracks his shell and turns the former isolationist into a staunch defender of her dignity. The funniest moments may be the interspersed scenes of talk show host Peri Gilpin going tête-à-tête with McGowen, neither able to disguise their mutual disdain. Kalesniko directs it all with a keen eye for the absurd vicissitudes of intellectual life, making How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog an overlooked gem worth finding on DVD, since it was given only a perfunctory theatrical release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • UPC: 012236126089
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth Branagh Peter McGowen
Jared Harris Pete
Lynn Redgrave Edna
Peter Riegert Larry
Johnathon Schaech Adam
Robin Wright Melanie
Michael Benyaer Father Neighbor
Technical Credits
Michael Kalesniko Director, Screenwriter
Willi Baer Executive Producer
Rainer Bienger Associate Producer
John Brace Casting
Doug Byggdin Art Director
Tani Cohen Co-producer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Mary Claire Hannan Costumes/Costume Designer
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Linda Lowy Casting
Pamela Martin Editor
Kevin Moore Asst. Director
Kevin J. Moore Asst. Director
Michael Nozik Producer
David Robbins Score Composer
Nancy M. Ruff Producer
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Mary Lou Storey Set Decoration/Design
Larry Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Hubert Taczanowski Cinematographer
John Thompson Executive Producer
Brad Weston Producer
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  • Posted May 29, 2011

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    great movie just watch!

    Great movie, smart and funny. I am a huge animal lover so when I first saw the title that was enough to disgust me. I am glad I saw the movie anyway, it was not what I thought. Just watch the movie. And if you don't know who Andrew Lloyd Webber is look him up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Branagh at his finest

    If you've seen Branagh and haven't seen this yet, then prepare for a great film. English wit at it's best, with the man who invented it. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Movie!!

    This has to be one of the funniest movies I've seen. Great performances from all the actors....especially Kenneth, who fits so well into the role. Just trust me and get the DVD....you won't be disappointed!!

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