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Year of the Dog


Source: Catholic News Service

Quirky tale -- by turns, wryly amusing, sad and thought-provoking -- about a lonely office worker (Molly Shannon) whose beloved beagle dies suddenly, prompting her to reevaluate her priorities as she interacts with her hunting-obsessed neighbor (John C. Reilly), an animal rights activist (Peter Sarsgaard), her paranoid boss (Josh Pais), best friend-officemate (Regina King), and upscale brother (Tom McCarthy) and sister-in-law (Laura Dern). Writer-director Mike White's low-keyed comedy avoids the predictable as it explores the validity of its heroine's increasing obsession with dogs and animal rights; performances are finely etched and a compassionate worldview informs the whole film. Brief innuendo and sexual banter and mild profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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