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The Dog Problem (2006)

R | | Comedy | 7 August 2007 (USA)
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In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Ribisi ... Solo
Lynn Collins ... Lola
Scott Caan ... Casper
Kevin Corrigan ... Benny
Mena Suvari ... Jules
Sarah Shahi ... Candy
Tito Ortiz ... Frank
Kimo Leopoldo ... Ted
Brian Goodman ... Joe the Guard
Jennifer Carpenter ... Redheaded Waitress
Laura Katz ... Late Night Waitress
Joanna Krupa ... Taffy
Crispian Belfrage ... Jeffrey the Butler
Med Abrous Med Abrous ... Brad
Melissa Keller ... Escalator Girl
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In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their final session, his therapist suggests that he gets a pet, so Solo buys a scrawny terrier that adds to his problems: the dog isn't house-trained; he owes money to a thug who's angry; at a dog park, he begs a woman he's just met to pay the veterinarian's bill when the dog is bitten; and his friend Casper has introduced him to a persistent rich girl who decides that she wants the dog. He could sell, settle his debts, and return to life with a clean carpet, or he could figure out why he doesn't want to part with the dog. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Eat. Sleep. Therapy. Repeat.

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Comedy

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$914, 29 April 2007

Gross USA:

$914
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Solo and Casper are having breakfast in the diner Solo's plate keeps switching position on the table between shots. First it is in front of him, then it's to his right, and then it switches back again. See more »

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Candy: She has legs 'n eggs today.
Solo: Okay, what the fuck is legs 'n eggs?
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Man's best friend
20 August 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Solo, a depressed young writer, is told by his analyst to get a dog; this way, he will not feel as lonely. Little does he know that everyone he meets wants to have the dog! Solo's life in Los Angeles is dull up until the time he decides to buy the dog in a shopping mall. Solo is not prepared for the work and the responsibility of owning a puppy, let alone trying to keep it to himself.

This dark comedy was written and directed, as well as acted by Scott Caan. We were impressed by his "Dallas 362", his debut as a director. "The Dog Problem" shows a talented Scott Caan who no doubt will go to do better things, although this is not a movie for everyone since the material will be enjoyed by some audiences and hated by others.

The best thing in the picture is, without a doubt, Giovanni Ribisi, who runs away with it. This actor keeps surprising us. He is not exactly a matinée idol, yet, he is always an interesting figure in any film in which participates. Scott Caan has a small role as a photographer. Lynn Collins, Mena Suvari, and the excellent Kevin Corrigan, are seen in minor roles.


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