Sundance Review: Year of the Dog
by Alex Billington
January 30, 2007
Although I was not initially interested in the film, I decided to catch a screening of the much talked about comedy Year of the Dog starring Molly Shannon. Directed by Mike White, who plays Ned Schneebly in School of Rock and has been a writer on a number of big comedies including Orange County, School of Rock, and Nacho Libre, Year of the Dog is a comedy about the life of the quiet and single dog-lover Peggy (Shannon). While coping with the death of her own dog, Peggy sets off on a series of misadventures and relationships all while looking for a new dog. White's humor is certainly quirky and it shows in Year of the Dog, but the film is not outstanding and much less memorable compared to School of Rock or Nacho Libre.
Year of the Dog is the dog-related romantic comedy that a film like Must Love Dogs sounds like it should've been about and that any rightful dog owner or dog lover must see. Despite my own personal dislikes at the comedy, Year of the Dog has a mainstream calling and particular connection that will link in perfectly with anyone who has any amount of affection towards dogs. The story itself is a bit whimsical, and the end takes too much of a non-Hollywood approach, which in this circumstance would've actually worked effectively. Molly Shannon, a past Saturday Night Live regular cast member, has hardly a single line of good comedy - it's all served up by the supporting cast. If you love dogs, then look forward for the opportunity to finally see this film, otherwise it can be easily passed up.
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