Dogs, known to be man’s best friend… In his latest film which premiered at Sundance, Todd Solondz dissects human nature via a “wiener dog” who touches people’s lives. Along with the dog on his journey, we interact with the lives of a grumpy old woman and her granddaughter, a disgruntled screenwriter, a compassionate vet assistant, and others. But the real treat is that Solondz’s maturing filmmaking never loses its folly or freshness. This pitch-dark, decisive and intensely charming film is an uninhibited comedy of “political in-correctness” about being American, with a stellar cast including Ellen Burstyn, Danny DeVito, Julie Delpy, and Greta Gerwig.

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