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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. »


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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Peggy turns to pets because people disappoint her. Who reaches out to Peggy? What kind of support does she receive from others? Why do you think she isn’t able to see it?

How does your perspective on animals affect the way you view of this film? What do you think the script saying about animal rights? Can those attitudes be taken to the extreme? What are the positives and negatives of animal testing?

Each of these characters has his or her own agenda or hobbyhorse. What are they? How are their obsessions portrayed? Can an interest be taken too far?

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