For the Love of Dogs

Jacob Yakob / LD Entertainment

One of my favorite Twitter accounts these days is Thoughts of Dog. The account—straightforward handle: @dog_feelings—is an extension of the delightful @dog_rates, which offers always-positive “reviews” of people’s furry friends (“This is Finley. His tongue flutters when he’s hungry. 13/10”). Thoughts of Dog, as a complement, goes inside the canine mind to offer a flow of dog-oriented fan fiction, rendered in the interior-dialogue manner of Virginia Woolf (or, perhaps, Virginia Woof). Tweets in the feed include narrative updates (“i was awoken from my snoozle. by a car coming down the street. quite rude of them to be honest. i was dreaming of peanut butter”). And whimsical musings (“these crossed paws. are no accident. i’m feeling fancy”). Mostly, though, they recreate, 280 characters at a time, the extremely pure kind of devotion that is, perhaps, the most defining element of the longstanding relationship between humans and dogs. As one recent post goes, in its entirety: “a fun fact about me. is that i love you.”

If you are a human who is inclined to enjoy Thoughts of Dog—if you, like me, turn to easy, snoozle-y delights when the news swirling around you gets especially dark and sad—there is a decent chance that you will also enjoy Dog Days, the new ensemble comedy from the director Ken Marino. Dog Days is @dog_feelings, essentially, in reverse. It’s feature-length, rather than staccato-ed; it’s told about dogs, rather than by them; it is, in its form—the stories of a bunch of disparate people whose lives intersect—extremely familiar. This Is Pups. Love Poochily.

In a film like this, one does not come for the plot, but here is the plot—or, rather, the hodgepodge of loosely colliding characters and storylines that constitute this film—nonetheless: There’s Tara (Vanessa Hudgens), a young woman who finds a lost chihuahua cowering behind the dumpster at the coffee shop where she works—and who begins volunteering at the shelter where she drops off the dog. There’s Garrett (Jon Bass), the lovable nerd who runs the shelter and who has a crush on Tara. There’s Dax (Adam Pally), a slacker in the traditional vein—a band, a van, a penchant for eating Del Taco for breakfast—who gets stuck dog-sitting when his uptight older sister (Jessica St. Clair) and her listless husband…

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Jessica Goldberg

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