Molly Shannon plays peggy in the small film "Year of the Dog". It's the directing debut of Mike White. He has written for "Chuck & Buck" " School of Rock" & a TV series Freaks & Geeks. When Peggys' adorable Beagle dies as a result of a sort of Toxic poisoning her wolrd falls apart...she becopmes a rabid animal rights activitst....as a result she alienates her family, friends & puts her job in jeapoardy. Laura Dern is her siter in law. I wanted to like this fiml more....I just lost a family pet. However, the film is so-so. I wasn't won over by the screenplay. And the supposting characters perfomances alto' wokingman adeqaute their directiion or motivation was well grounded. A fair film...better than Silver surfer...but so different.