Dog Park

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3

According to the film, the dating chain has a point in time when couples break up and shortly thereafter recouple. And if they miss the recoupling stage, they have to wait at least six months for another opportunity. Well, Andy (Luke Wilson), a writer, has just broken up with his girlfriend, Cheryl (Kathleen Robertson). On the rebound Andy meets Lorna (Natasha Henstridge), a childrens TV show host, in a bar. Lorna has just broken up, too, but neither she nor Andy knows their exs are now seeing each other. They hit it off, but Lorna has difficulty letting herself love and Andy has never been single long enough to discover himself. And even Jeri (Janeane Garofalo) and Jeff (Bruce McCulloch), the supposed perfect couple, are soon to fall victim to the dating chain. Throughout this saga, the dog park becomes the place of loves lost and found. Filled with interconnected characters and weak subplots, this confusing story is not much of a story at all. DOG PARK will appeal primarily to the young adult dating crowd looking for a way to waste an hour and a half.

People meet each other in dog parks and dont even know each others names, only the names of their dogs. And yet they go to each others homes to have sex. Those looking for a committed relationship arent willing to get married, because they equate living together with marriage. Andy wants to find that one true love, but he lives with a woman just for the sex. The explicit nature of the sexual content includes many crude sexual references, implied and graphically shown intercourse with male and female rear nudity, and images and sounds from a pornographic video. And language includes several obscenities and regular profanities. Cheating in relationships is viewed as negative and most are clearly looking for something beyond sex in a relationship. But characters selfish pursuits and wayward lusts hinder real commitment. Carrying sexual situations and talk to explicit extremes, along with its offensive language, DOG PARKs not even worth a walk around the corner to see.

Preview Reviewer: Cliff McNeely
Lions Gate Films, 561 Broadway, Suite 12B, New York, NY 10012

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times All Moderate

Obscene Language: Several (5) times - F-word 2, s-word 3

Profanity: Several (7) times - Regular 4 (G 1, JC 1, My G 1, honest to G 1); Exclamatory 3 (Oh G 1, Oh my G 2)

Violence: None

Sex: Twice graphic (images/sounds from adult video; unmarried couple in bed, sounds/motion, female rear nudity); Implied once (unmarried couple half-dressed, groping in bed)

Nudity: Few times (female rear nudity during sex, male rear nudity); Near Nudity: Several times (couple half-dressed on bed, skimpy dresses, woman with tight shirt not wearing bra, obscured images from adult video)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (crude sexual references, men/women propositioned in bar, passionate kissing, comments about wild sex, suggestive dancing, explicit discussions/descriptions of sex)

Drugs: Several times (beer/liquor in bars)

Other: Drunk woman vomits, living together equated with marriage, affairs viewed as negative, dogs treated better than humans

Running Time: 91 minutes
Intended Audience: Young Adults

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