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Year of the Dog

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

SNL alum shines as grieving, lonely animal lover.

Movie PG-13 2007 97 minutes
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Who knew the SNL alum responsible for underarm-sniffing Superstar schoolgirl Mary Catherine Gallagher was capable of such a subtle, standout performance as an animal-loving wallflower? Thus far, Shannon's film career had been relegated to supporting quirky-friend roles, in which her manic energy and crack comedic timing got limited screen time. But throughout Peggy's transformation in this movie, Shannon is a vision. Every gesture and expression is perfectly calibrated to evoke pathos and sympathy for the sensitive, loving Peggy.

White, who's confessed that he's a pro-animal-rights vegan, could be construed as making an agenda film, but YEAR OF THE DOG is really a poignant chronicle of love lost and self discovery.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 19, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: August 28, 2007
  • Cast: Molly Shannon , Peter Sarsgaard , Regina King
  • Director: Mike White
  • Inclusion Information: Bisexual directors, Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Paramount Vantage
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some suggestive references.
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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