Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA, 2007. Black & White Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Rip Cord Productions. Screenplay by Mike White. Cinematography by Tim Orr. Produced by Dede Gardner, Ben LeClair, Mike White. Music by Christophe Beck. Production Design by Daniel Bradford. Costume Design by Nancy Steiner. Film Editing by Dody Dorn. Independent Spirit Awards 2007.
Molly Shannon loses her beloved beagle to an accidental poisoning and is devastated. When she meets a pet clinic employee (Peter Sarsgaard) with a love for animals equal to hers, she thinks she has found the perfect replacement relationship until she discovers that he is celibate. Settling for the next best thing, she takes home a behaviourally unreliable German Shepherd that Sarsgaard begs her to take care of, while her co-workers do their best to try and get her beyond her depression over the loss of her original pet. Mike White has written another portrait of a reigning member of Quirkdom, this time for the first time directing one of his scripts and producing what is probably one of his most annoying contributions to cinema yet. Both he and Shannon try too hard to make the lead character a memorable Solondz-esque examination of suburban wackiness, neither of them ever going far beneath the surface of awkward behaviour and overtly strange atmosphere. In short, the film will make you itch within minutes. Proceed with caution.