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The Dog Problem (2006)

R | | Comedy | 7 August 2007 (USA)
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In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Ribisi ... Solo
Lynn Collins ... Lola
Scott Caan ... Casper
Kevin Corrigan ... Benny
Mena Suvari ... Jules
Sarah Shahi ... Candy
Tito Ortiz ... Frank
Kimo Leopoldo ... Ted
Brian Goodman ... Joe the Guard
Jennifer Carpenter ... Redheaded Waitress
Laura Katz ... Late Night Waitress
Joanna Krupa ... Taffy
Crispian Belfrage ... Jeffrey the Butler
Med Abrous Med Abrous ... Brad
Melissa Keller ... Escalator Girl
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their final session, his therapist suggests that he gets a pet, so Solo buys a scrawny terrier that adds to his problems: the dog isn't house-trained; he owes money to a thug who's angry; at a dog park, he begs a woman he's just met to pay the veterinarian's bill when the dog is bitten; and his friend Casper has introduced him to a persistent rich girl who decides that she wants the dog. He could sell, settle his debts, and return to life with a clean carpet, or he could figure out why he doesn't want to part with the dog. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Eat. Sleep. Therapy. Repeat.

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Comedy

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$914, 29 April 2007

Gross USA:

$1,344

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,344
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When the bandage on Spot is pulled off his wound is miraculously healed. See more »

Quotes

Casper: The guy was like a major Pimp in the 70's, killed people and shit.
Solo: Okay, he didn't kill people.
Casper: Yes he did.
Solo: No he didn't.
Casper: Yes he did.
Solo: Okay, you're just making that up.
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Cleaver Dog headlines new movie
28 October 2007 | by JohnFeatherstoneSee all my reviews

The Dog problem.. Have seen it twice. A nice break from serious Action flicks, or somber dramas. Its light, cleaver, fun to watch, and I felt like I'd met some of the characters in real life. Just an odd mix of misfit people stumbling through life... Incomplete closures, partial answers, and in so many ways a caricature of life.

The pseudo Rorschach inkblot test-like opening credits are brilliantly on theme, and the music from former Devo man, Mark Mothersbaugh, is icing on the cake.

Giovani Rabisi shines as an oddball self analytic writer who doesn't quite know what to do with himself, or anyone else. Don Cheadle is always fun to watch, and the dog is cool, playing his role very understated, look for him as feature player in his own movies soon.

Kudos to Scott Caan.


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