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A Dog Year (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 September 2009 (USA)
A guy suffering from a midlife crisis takes in a dog that's crazier than he is.

Director:

George LaVoo

Writers:

George LaVoo, Jon Katz (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Jon Katz
Lauren Ambrose ... Emma
Lois Smith ... Lois Blair
Domhnall Gleeson ... Anthony Armstrong
Welker White ... Brenda King
Elizabeth Marvel ... Margo
Pamela Stewart ... Patti (as Pamela Holden Stewart)
Deirdre O'Connell ... Donna Brady
Karen Allen ... Paula (voice)
Leo Trombetta Leo Trombetta ... Richard (voice)
Patricia Lentz ... Holly (voice) (as Pat Lentz)
Jan Leslie Harding Jan Leslie Harding ... Nancy Longhetti
Teresa Yenque ... Airport Bystander
Glenn Kessler ... Airport Police
Joe Wachowski ... Airport Police
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Storyline

Jon Katz is close to burnout. He's a writer with writer's block; his wife has left for her sister's because he's emotionally distant; he rarely answers his phone. A kennel sends him a border collie that's undisciplined because of abuse. Despite a series of mishaps, Jon decides to keep trying with the dog, and he rents a dilapidated farm house to give the dog room to run. A local handyman refers Jon to a woman who might be able to help him train the dog. Reluctantly, Jon gives her a try. Is the dog the problem, or the owner? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hundår See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The veterinary hospital scenes in the film were shot at the Animal Hospital of White Plains. The hospital is co-owned by Dr. Maria Lagana, who also served as Vet consultant on the picture. See more »

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love letter to dogs and their owners
21 September 2009 | by jdbundaSee all my reviews

Not your typical dog movie - here the dog actually acts like a real dog. No talking animals, no over-the-top staged smarts or heroics. It plays more like an episode of the Dog Whisperer - BEFORE they call in Cesar. Bridges plays a semi-creepy sad sack of a blocked writer who, through somewhat unclear circumstances, unwittingly and unwillingly adopts the border collie from hell. Having adopted a somewhat crazed border collie myself, I can say the dogs behavior and interactions with Bridges are spot on, and there is no need for the typical Hollywood (c.f. Beethoven) hyperbole - the dog is not quite the lovable scamp, and the Bridges' Katz is not a wholly sympathetic character. With a little unwelcome help from his friends, peace is eventually made between the writer and his dog. That's the good - the bad is this movie seems to be the anti-Marley - we only get a bare smattering of how the "adoption" came to pass, what the hell is going on between Katz and his family, and what happened to the other yellow lab? One gets the sense of script problems and/or a heavy hand in the editing room, which is too bad because while these details are not important, the missing pieces are distracting, and flaw this otherwise refreshingly realistic, yet still eminently watchable dog flick.


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