The Black Comedy Following a Dachshund’s Search For a Forever Home
By Erik Ryken
Anyone who has ever loved a dachshund knows that while they’re super adorable they’re also kinda hilarious to look at, what with their weirdly elongated bodies and stubby legs. It’s no secret that we at Get Leashed are wiener fans, and love nothing more than a good ol’ fashioned sausage party, which is why we were so pumped when we heard that a film devoted to doxies was coming out. Wiener-Dog lets us in on the life of a “sausage dog” who can’t seem to find the forever home she so desperately needs.
Written and directed by Todd Solondz, known for his dark, satirical work, Wiener-Dog is a unique look at one dog’s fate. Light-hearted moments of comedy contrast with stark visions of loneliness as the pup winds her way through a series of semi-committed owners.
For a film about a dog whose height is below most camera shots, Wiener-Dog offers a sympathetic view to dogs who are treated as temporary pets. The viewer will experience an assemblage of stories, but the unforgettable one is that of a voiceless little dog who has seen it all.
Starring Greta Gerwig, Keaton Nigel Cooke, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Kieran Culkin, the cast of Wiener-Dog is able to hold up the story of this meandering journey with a broad variety of characters.
Tender hearts will appreciate a warning: Wiener-Dog does have some graphic content. And while the film is able to make light of some solemn events, the deadpan delivery may not be appreciated by every viewer.
Wiener-Dog the movie was initially released on June 24, 2016 and is in select theaters now.