The titular hound gets passed between owners.
Directed by Todd Solondz
Starring Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, and Danny Devito
Initial Review by Bobby Schmidt
There are some quality shows out (High Maintenance, Easy, etc) that tell stories of different people with little to no connections at all... and for me, that works great in series form with each episode telling its own story, it also worked really well for me in (http://www.mediocremovie.club/reviews/four-rooms)Four Rooms. Wiener Dog's life was a completely different experience than Ted the Bellhop's long night. The former didn't quite hold up for me as well as I was hoping for.
Enter Greta Gerwig... as the vet tech/nurse who saves Wiener Dog, now Doo Dee, from death. I thought Gerwig was great here, especially next to Kieran Culkin's pretty meh performance. Connor Long and Bridget Brown were great, though... and I really liked this story. There was some awkwardness with awkward people, some humor, and a good bit of feeling throughout... also, Postal 2. A-
The intermission was more annoying than anything... while I was amused with Wiener Dog Doo Dee over some of the green screen backdrops.. just nah. But more so, did I just simply miss how the dog went from the couple to Dr. Schmerz? I suppose I don't need to know how he got her, as much as wanting to know what happened with them, and why couldn't they keep Doo Dee?
Devito was fantastic, as expecting, but the story in general didn't do much for me. The only part that I really liked was the end... smug ass white student with her I Can't Breathe shirt.. and Wiener Dog walking around in a her dress strapped with explosive C-
Which leaves Wiener Dog to the elderly Nana... as we come full circle and she's named Cancer. I loved Ellen Burstyn here, as Nana, and Zosia Mamet was plenty fine as Zoe. Overall, however, this felt like a fairly average sequence that was brought down by the end... The dream sequence seemed completely out of place, and there's no way Fantasy put that dog back together so well after so many cars.... there was nothing but her damn tail left... but whatever. C+
So yeah, I didn't hate Wiener Dog, but it wasn't a continuous enjoyable experience. I feel like the acting and story add up to a pretty bland C/C+ movie, but I really liked a love of the shots and color of the locations, so I'm going to lean toward the generous side and a shakey thumbs up overall...