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Year of the Dog
  Release Date: 04/13/07

Starring: Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Regina King, Thomas McCarthy, Josh Pais

Director: Mike White

Rating: (PG-13)
  Running Time
  97 min
  Paramount Vantage
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Molly Shannon stars in this odd film as an unstimulated secretary who, after her beloved dog dies, transforms her love for animals into a full-blown obsession. She's a decent dramatic actor, but she plays it a bit flat, and director Mike White has a hard time pulling off the difficult mix of tones. Funny turns from Laura Dern, as an undermining neighbor, and John C. Reilly, as a brief love interest, pick things up a bit, but for most of the film it's hard to know whether you're meant to laugh or feel stricken by the depressing reality of it all.

"Year of the Dog" is a dark comedy drama that centers on Peggy, a happy-go-lucky secretary who is a great friend, employee, and sister who lives alone with her adorable beagle, Pencil. But, when Pencil unexpectedly dies, Peggy must embark on a journey of personal transformation that is hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking.