Year of the Dog

Overview

An unremarkable administrative assistant finds her life going to the dogs both literally and figuratively in actor/screenwriter-turned-director Mike White's dark comedy-drama. Peggy (Molly Shannon), an inexplicably cheerful office worker whose somewhat sad excuse for a life seems to revolve around her pet beagle, Pencil, relates better to her four-legged friend than she does to most humans. Most of her person-to-person interaction revolves around doting on other people's children and treating her co-workers to ...
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Overview

An unremarkable administrative assistant finds her life going to the dogs both literally and figuratively in actor/screenwriter-turned-director Mike White's dark comedy-drama. Peggy (Molly Shannon), an inexplicably cheerful office worker whose somewhat sad excuse for a life seems to revolve around her pet beagle, Pencil, relates better to her four-legged friend than she does to most humans. Most of her person-to-person interaction revolves around doting on other people's children and treating her co-workers to daily donuts, and Peggy just doesn't find much solace in the company of her know-it-all sister-in-law, Bret (Laura Dern), or her anxiety-prone boss, Robin (Josh Pais). When Pencil is taken before his time, the devastated Peggy is wracked with guilt. Now desperate to fill the gaping void that has suddenly opened in her life, Peggy agrees to a date with her gun-nut neighbor, Al (John C. Reilly), that ends in disaster when she begins to suspect that the boorish brute may have in fact poisoned her ill-fated pooch. Later, after adopting every dog at the local pound and transforming herself into an overzealous animal-rights activist, the increasingly unhinged Peggy reaches out to asexual activist Newt (Peter Sarsgaard) in a last-grasp attempt at forming a human connection.
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Special Features

Commentary by Mike White and Molly Shannon; The making of Year of the Dog; 3 featurettes; Deleted scenes; Gag reel; And more!
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Editorial Reviews

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Not surprising to anyone familiar with screenwriter Mike White's merciless outlook on humanity, Year of the Dog is not all sunshine and roses. However, those who've never heard of the man may come to White's first directing effort unwittingly, mistaking it for one of those cheery romantic comedies centered around pet ownership. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it's difficult to tell what perspective White has on owning a pet. He's more interested in how animal activism can take over a person's life -- how a passionate hatred of animal cruelty, coupled with the perceived powerlessness to stop it, can overwhelm the psyche. If the movies have given us numerous superhero origin stories, Year of the Dog might be considered the origin story of a "crazy cat lady." Molly Shannon plays a crazy dog lady, but we don't have that phrase in our lexicon. It's difficult to watch Shannon's good intentions twisted into something single-minded and antisocial, though White is clever enough to keep things from seeming unremittingly dour. A bubbly score by Christophe Beck and a general sense of whimsy pervade Year of the Dog, which is certainly a lighter affair than either Chuck & Buck or The Good Girl both written by White. Shannon, the Saturday Night Live vet, is to be commended for not trying to peddle any particular schtick. She could have played the character for laughs, but she and White are smart enough to make hers a story of subtle ennui and alienation, even while allowing some dry absurdities to creep through. And to their credit, they leave the funniest moments to Laura Dern as an overprotective mother. Year of the Dog doesn't ultimately carry a clear message, but as the study of a particular mindset driven to extremes, it has value.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • UPC: 097363479628
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 87,641

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Molly Shannon Peggy
Laura Dern Bret
Regina King Layla
Tom McCarthy Pier
Josh Pais Robin
John C. Reilly Al
Peter Sarsgaard Newt
Amy Schlagel Lissie
Zoe Schlagel Lissie
Dale Godboldo Don
Inara George Holly
Liza Weil Trishelle
Jon Shere Pound Employee
Christy Moore Al's Girlfriend
Christy Moore Al's Girlfriend
Audrey Wasilewski Audrey
Brenda Canela Brenda
Craig Cackowski Craig
Steve Berg Steve
Susan Mackin Susan
Chuck Duffy Jeff
Sonya Eddy Nurse
Ursula Brauner Dog Owner
Giddle Partridge Blond Floozie
Technical Credits
Mike White Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Lori Ball Editor
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Dan Bradford Production Designer
Alan Caudillo Camera Operator
Ben Le Clair Producer
Dody Dorn Editor
Robert Eber Sound Mixer
Dede Gardner Producer
Stacy M. Horn Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Mertz Special Effects
Nan Morales Executive Producer
Tim Orr Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Matt Petrosky Camera Operator
Brad Pitt Executive Producer
Mathew J. Siegel Camera Operator
Dionne Smith Makeup
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Meredith Tucker Casting
Macie Vener Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Year of the Dog
1. Chapter 1 [5:48]
2. Chapter 2 [5:51]
3. Chapter 3 [5:50]
4. Chapter 4 [7:42]
5. Chapter 5 [6:43]
6. Chapter 6 [5:01]
7. Chapter 7 [6:24]
8. Chapter 8 [6:27]
9. Chapter 9 [6:43]
10. Chapter 10 [6:34]
11. Chapter 11 [6:59]
12. Chapter 12 [6:59]
13. Chapter 13 [6:50]
14. Chapter 14 [7:03]
15. Chapter 15 [5:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Year of the Dog
   Play
   Special Features
      Commentary With Mike White and Molly Shannon
      A Special Breed of Comedy: The Making of Year of the Dog
      Being Molly Shannon
      Mike White Unleashed
      Special Animal Unit
      Deleted Scenes
         Commentary With Director Mike White: On
         Commentary With Director Mike White: Off
         Play All
         Peggy Misses Pencil
         Cat Hoarder
         Peggy Isn't Ready to Take Valentine
         "It's Time to Put Your Dog to Bed"
         Newt and Peggy Get to Know Each Other (Extended Version)
         Newt and Peggy Make Up
         Peggy and Lissie Commune With the Animals
      Insert Reel
      Gag Reel
      Moviefone Unscripted With Molly Shannon and Mike White
      Previews
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         Español
         Commentary With Mike White and Molly Shannon
      Subtitle Options
         English
         Español
         None
   Scene Selection
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