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Still shot from the movie: Year of the Dog.

Year of the Dog

Peggy (Molly Shannon) and her pet beagle Pencil are inseparable pals -- until the death of the little dog. Overcome with enormous grief, the single woman who works as a secretary, suddenly questions her entire existence and whether or not her life has meaning without the love of her best friend. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 19 Apr 2007
Video Release: 28 Aug 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Year of the Dog Rated PG-13?


Unlike most dog films (other than Old Yeller), mutts do die in this film, although their deaths are not shown. Following the demise of her pet, Molly almost immediately adopts an unruly pooch who snaps at others, bites her on the hand and kills a small dog. One animal must be euthanized. On a date, Peggy meets a man who tells her about his hunting adventures and the accidental shooting of his pet. A woman steals money from her boss and later breaks into a man’s home and attempts to kill him with a hunting knife. Dogs are irresponsibly cared for and one defecates in the house. Peggy’s friend suggests prescription drugs, getting drunk or having casual sex as a way to overcome depression. A woman accuses another of drugging her child with over-the-counter cold medicine. Sexual discussions occur between several characters. Other language concerns include a crude term for sex, some profanities and offensive comments.

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