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How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 27, 2001
DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 26, 2002
• R2: 7 Jan 2003

Budget $7,300,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language.

Running Time
1 hour, 47 minutes

Country USA, Germany

Studio Cinerenta, Lonsdale Pictures, Millennium Films, S. Fork Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Suspense, Marriage

Tagline: One man's pet is another man's peeve.

Plot: As L.A's most, if not only, successful playwright, Peter McGowan (Kenneth Branagh) has hit a creative dry spell. After a string of box office flops, his new play is set to open, but the script isn't finished. McGowan decides to workshop the production, and in the process has to navigate a minefield of egos, feuding actors, and showbiz politics, ever cynical of the schmooze and cruise scene his producer insists on dragging him into. With his producer and cast insisting the ten-year-old character in the play doesn't ring true, he is challenged to develop a "real" child and finds himself blocked.

At home, his wife Melanie (Robin Wright Penn), a children’s dance instructor, would like a child of her own, but Peter isn't ready; he has his play to complete and his art itself to resurrect. Besides, his perpetually confused mother-in-law (Lynn Redgrave) has moved in and dealing with her is yet another challenge. On a good day she recognizes Peter as someone who resembles her son-in-law; at other times she chats with him about her imminent death. Peter also realizes he is being stalked – by a fan who thinks he’s the real Peter. He reaches the brink of insanity when the neighbor’s new dog starts barking in the night, exacerbating his insomnia.

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 Directed by
 Written by
Kenneth Branagh
Wild Wild West, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet
Robin Wright Penn
Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride, Unbreakable
Lynn Redgrave
Gods and Monsters, Spider, Peter Pan
Jared Harris
Ocean's Twelve, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Lost in Space
David Krumholtz
Serenity, Ray, 10 Things I Hate About You
Johnathon Schaech
That Thing You Do!, The Doom Generation, The Forsaken
Tamala Jones
Blue Streak, Next Friday, Head of State
 Music By
David Robbins
Dead Man Walking, Bob Roberts, Cradle Will Rock

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