Year of the Dog parents guide

Year of the Dog

Overall B-

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.

Release date April 19, 2007

Violence B-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C
Substance Use B-

Why is Year of the Dog rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Year of the Dog PG-13 for some suggestive references.

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Year of the Dog
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Year of the Dog rated PG-13? Year of the Dog is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some suggestive references.

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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Year of the Dog
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG
Alberta PG
Manitoba PG Not Recommended For Young Children.
Ontario PG
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

Year of the Dog is directed by and stars Molly Shannon, Peter Sarsgaard, Regina King, John C. Reilly, Laura Der.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Year of the Dog movie is August 28, 2007. Here are some details…

Year of the Dog strays onto DVD with audio tracks in Dolby Digital (English).

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This film’s writer, Mike White, is known for creating other offbeat characters. In School of Rock, an aspiring rock musician (Jack Black) shanghais an elementary classroom of high achievers to be in his rock band. In Nacho Libre, a monk (also played by Black) at a poor Mexican orphanage moonlights as a wrestler to buy food for the children.