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Year of the Dog Details


An unremarkable administrative assistant finds her life going to the dogs both literally and figuratively in actor/screenwriter-turned-director Mike White's dark comedy drama. An inexplicably cheerful office worker whose somewhat sad excuse for a life seems to revolve around her pet beagle Pencil, Peggy (Molly Shannon) seems to relate better to her four-legged friend than she does to most humans. Most of her person-to-person interaction revolves around doting on other people's children and treating her co-workers to daily donuts, and Peggy just doesn't find much solace in the company of her know-it-all sister-in-law Bret (Laura Dern) or her anxiety-prone boss Robin (Josh Pais). When Peggy's dog Pencil is taken before his time, the devastated dog-lover is wracked with guilt. Now desperate to fill the gaping void that has suddenly opened in her life, Peggy agrees to a date with her gun-nut neighbor Al (John C. Reilly) that ends in disaster when she begins to suspect that the boorish brute may have in fact poisoned her ill-fated pooch. Later, after adopting every dog at the local pound and transforming herself into an overzealous animal-rights activist, the increasingly unhinged Peggy reaches out to asexual activist Newt (Peter Sarsgaard) in a last-grasp attempt at forming a human connection that is met with casual indifference. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 13, 2007


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Mike White Best Screenplay 2007 Nominee


Molly Shannon
as Peggy
Laura Dern
as Bret
Regina King
as Layla
Tom McCarthy
as Pier
Josh Pais
as Robin
John C. Reilly
as Al
Peter Sarsgaard
as Newt
Amy Schlagel
as Lissie
Zoe Schlagel
as Lissie
Dale Godboldo
as Don
Inara George
as Holly
Liza Weil
as Trishelle
Jon Shere
as Pound Employee
Audrey Wasilewski
as Audrey
Brenda Canela
as Brenda
Craig Cackowski
as Craig
Steve Berg
as Steve
Susan Mackin
as Susan
Chuck Duffy
as Jeff
Sonya Eddy
as Nurse
Ursula Brauner
as Dog Owner
Giddle Partridge
as Blond Floozie


Mike White
Mike White
Ben Le Clair
Dede Gardner
Tim Orr
Mike White
Tim Orr
Christophe Beck
Composer (Music Score)
Dody Dorn
Lori Ball
Nancy Steiner
Production Designer
Brad Pitt
Executive Producer
Nan Morales
Executive Producer
Stacy M. Horn
Costume Designer
K.C. Fox
Set Decorator
Nancy Steiner
Costume Designer
Tom Mertz
Special Effects
Matt Petrosky
Camera Operator
Alan Caudillo
Camera Operator
Meredith Tucker
Robert Eber
Sound Mixer
Lisa Nash-Jones
Key Make-up
Louis di Cesare
Chief Lighting Technician
Aaron Glascock
Supervising Sound Editor
Aaron Glascock
Re-Recording Mixer
Bruce DiValerio
Construction Coordinator
Teresa Kelly
Post Production Supervisor
Leigh Shanta
Unit Production Manager
Mary Jasionowski
Production Accountant
Curt Schulkey
Re-Recording Mixer
Curt Schulkey
Supervising Sound Editor