what one really wants is for The Year of the Dog to be The Good Girl, but with animals. Sadly, it's not even close to that. Why does Molly Shannon do this to herself? l seriouosly believe she is (really!) a great actress deep down inside, and Saaaaaaaarsgaard is just genius most of the time (seriously, I love Peter Sarsgaard). But ugh, frankly the movie was a big giant steaming bore and the kid that was supposed to be cute wasn't. Nice try to replicate Little Miss Sunshine, Mike White, but you lose.
Please note that this did not mean I didn't silent-bawl throughout significant chunks of the movie. I mean, I get a little nostalgic about my fish, people. I cannot even fathom such possibilities re: my dog. OH MY GOD NOW I'M CRYING.
In conclusion, do not go see the Year of the Dog. I'd make some sort of lame attempt at a "...while PMSing joke" here, but that's pretty fucking unforgiveable, no? Oh wait, I just did. Sorry.