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How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)

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A sarcastic playwright in LA gets new neighbors - single mom and 8 y.o. girl. His wife wants kids and babysits the girl. He doesn't want kids yet plays with her to find out how children talk - for his play. Paternal instincts?

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Michael Kalesniko
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Peter McGowen
Suzi Hofrichter ... Amy Walsh
Lynn Redgrave ... Edna
Robin Wright ... Melanie McGowen (as Robin Wright Penn)
Peter Riegert ... Larry
Johnathon Schaech ... Adam
Kaitlin Hopkins ... Victoria
David Krumholtz ... Brian Sellars
Suzy Joachim ... Allana
Brett Rickaby ... Janitor
Lucinda Jenney ... Trina Walsh
Stacy Hogue ... Babysitter
Banjo Banjo ... Baby the Dog
Peri Gilpin ... Debra Salhany
Tamala Jones ... Laura Leeton
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Storyline

Shy, chain-smoking, insomniac Peter McGowan is a Los Angeles playwright with a string of hits that preceded his current ten years of failed productions. His mother-in-law is sinking into senility. A stranger is meandering the neighborhood claiming to be him. Neighbors have a new dog that barks all night. His wife wants to have a child, and he does not. He's become impotent. He's working on a new play when a single mother moves in next door with her eight-year-old daughter. His wife immediately invites the girl into the McGowan household. Will this child stir Peter's paternal feelings? Will she also help him get his dialogue right? And what of his doppelganger and the neighbor's dog? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

One man's pet is another man's peeve.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Como Matar o Cão do Vizinho See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,956, 24 February 2002

Gross USA:

$49,894

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,510
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Outside of festivals, this movie did not receive a major theatrical release and wound up going directly to cable. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Handler: Mr. McGowen, I think we're ready. This way, please.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits roll, there is a short break showing the scene portraying the dog after it had been shot. The director shouts "cut," and the dog gets off the ground and barks. See more »

Connections

Features Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Downtown
Written by Tony Hatch
Performed by Petula Clark
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Our kind of movie - funny!
2 January 2003 | by bold1See all my reviews

We caught this film on cable last week and were shocked. No, not by the title - but how did we not hear about this movie? I'll say upfront, I'm not a Branagh fan, but I do love Robin Wright Penn. But Branagh blew me away with this performance - he's finally been given a great script by someone other than Shakespeare and run with it. The writing is smart and funny, the supporting cast is just terrific, especially the girl playing Amy. When I checked here, I saw the writer/director is the same guy who wrote Private Parts, one of my favorite films.

If I try and put my finger on what touched me the most in this movie, I guess it's that the people were all so "real" and so I ended up caring very much what happened to them all. I'd love a sequel to see what happens to them after this episode in their lives!

Who should see this film: Everyone who likes smart, funny writing and acting told in an adult way; and anyone who likes something other than the typical Hollywood blockbuster.


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