Year of the Dog

2007 PG-13 1h 37m DVD

Year of the Dog

2007 PG-13 1h 37m DVD
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Molly Shannon stars in this quirky, canine-themed comedy that centers on an upbeat secretary whose life takes a temporary nosedive when her beloved dog suddenly dies. But in an unexpected trick, her pet's tragedy opens her up to transformation.
Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Regina King, Peter Sarsgaard, John C. Reilly, Brenda Canela, Dale Godboldo, Liza Weil, Audrey Wasilewski, Amy Schlagel, Zoe Schlagel, Christy Moore
Mike White
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral), English, French
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this dramedy chronicles a pet lover's transformation into a hardcore animal-rights activist. The film portrays veganism and animal adoption positively and casts a negative light on game hunting, wearing fur, and eating meat. Molly Shannon's character is socially awkward and incredibly lonely, so there are some tear-jerking scenes of her after her beloved dog's accidental death. Children who have pets and/or love animals may be disturbed by photographic images of animal cruelty, a wall of mounted stuffed animals, and three instances of pets dying.

Sexual Content

A couple makes out loudly in front of Peggy. Layla wears low-cut tops. Peggy and Newt share an awkward kiss. Al's girlfriend does a sexy dance.


Images of animals used in lab tests are shown on a computer. Disturbing scenes of a dog near death and its owner's overwhelming grief. Off-screen, an aggressive dog kills a much smaller one, and viewers see another crying pet owner. A small child is told that pigs and chickens are murdered to be her food.


Sparingly used: "bitch" (in the "dog way"), "piss," "cripple," "hell." Peggy compares a slaughterhouse to the Holocaust.

Social Behavior

Peggy forges her boss' signature to donate funds to animal-rights charities but later apologizes. The heartbreak of losing her dog results in Peggy discovering her inner animal activist.


Several brands are occasionally featured: Mercedes, Oompa Toys, Gymboree, and Victoria's Secret,

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Peggy gets drunk on New Year's Eve (while babysitting) and has wine on a date. Layla suggests getting "wasted" and offers Peggy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax before taking it herself.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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