A sarcastic playwright in LA gets new neighbors - single mom and 8 y.o. girl. His wife wants kids and babysits the girl. He doesn't want kids yet plays with her to find out how children talk - for his play. Paternal instincts?
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000) Online
Shy, chain-smoking, insomniac Peter McGowan is a Los Angeles playwright with a string of hits that preceded his current ten years of failed productions. His mother-in-law is sinking into senility. A stranger is meandering the neighborhood claiming to be him. Neighbors have a new dog that barks all night. His wife wants to have a child, and he does not. He's become impotent. He's working on a new play when a single mother moves in next door with her eight-year-old daughter. His wife immediately invites the girl into the McGowan household. Will this child stir Peter's paternal feelings? Will she also help him get his dialogue right? And what of his doppelganger and the neighbor's dog?
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Kenneth Branagh||-||Peter McGowen|
|Robin Wright||-||Melanie McGowen (as Robin Wright Penn)|
|Suzi Hofrichter||-||Amy Walsh|
|Jared Harris||-||False Peter|
|David Krumholtz||-||Brian Sellars|
|Lucinda Jenney||-||Trina Walsh|
|Derek Kellock||-||Amy's Father|
|Peri Gilpin||-||Debra Salhany|
Outside of festivals, this movie did not receive a major theatrical release and wound up going directly to cable.