YEAR OF THE DOG

Peggy (Molly Shannon) is devastated when her beloved beagle, Pencil, dies. Her peppy, marriage-hungry coworker, Robin (Regina King), tries her best to cheer her up; her relatives (including a funny Laura Dern as an overly maternal sister-in-law) are clueless. Peggy tries dating her sweet, touching neighbor (John C. Reilly) and an asexual pooch lover (a charming Peter Sarsgaard). But only through animal rescue can this lonely woman find solace. This is a wry and curious comedy by Mike White (The Good Girl, School of Rock). Shannon embodies the character with a merry but deranged existential loneliness. As her actions get wackier -- confounding those around her -- she manages to remain endearing.

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