How many of us find ourselves sitting around hanging with our pets and talking to them? I can relate to this scene, because there have been several times where I talk to my dogs. My dogs are good snuggle-buddies! Now back to the movie. The movie starts with a conversation. A conversation the characte
r is having with his pet regarding speaking in French and how oftentimes English words are mixed in instead of the conversation being totally French. I found myself laughing right at the beginning. The snoring coming from the Arrow, who by the way is Jason Schwartzman’s dog, is priceless. The movie is filmed in Austin, Texas written and directed by Bob Byington starring Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, The Overnight, Bored to Death), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias) and Tunde Adebimpe (Rachel Getting Married) that is available on DVD and Netflix.
This is a wry comedy about Larry (Schwartzman) who a single guy is living alone with his dog Arrow whose life is filled with hanging out, little work and asking his Grandmother (Dukakis) for money. Larry is a total SLACKER who seems to go through life with no real purpose. It is surprising that despite his drinking he is punctual with his jobs. His steady relationships are with his grandmother who keeps him financially capable and his friend Norwood, at an assisted living facility where his grandmother lives, who gives him pharmaceuticals to break up the monotony of being bored from day-to-day.
The relationship he has with his grandmother is pleasant and respectful. When Larry visits he spends time with her such as going to the store or hanging in her apartment. It is awful that Larry, young and capable as of making his own money, is sponging off his grandmother. One visit he did ask for more money which his grandmother nicely declined. I smiled here, because she knows what is up. Her comment regarding people coming around only when they want something is understandable. She seems to be caring and patient with him while being a no nonsense grandma. She is concerned that Larry does not have a significant person in his life other than his dog. She would probably be happier knowing that Larry is stable, instead of just doing enough to get by. You can see that she doesn’t fully approve of his lifestyle, but gently attempts to encourage him to be and do better. There’s a part where she sees his place of employment and is happy for him. She encourages him by mentioning that one day he could be running the place which he respectfully disagrees. She then tells him that 90% of the job is “showing up.” That statement is so true.
Although you don’t see any scenes where Larry is being an angry and volatile drunk, you do see him drinking and driving which is not good. Eventually he does have a job that he does like and looks forward to working, so there is hope for Larry.
One scene which I found was funny was the punt Larry (Schwartzman) did regarding the president ordering fast food in the library. His impression of Bush was not bad to me he sounded like him a little. Arrow, Schwartzman’s French bulldog, was hilarious in how he just sat or laid there listening to Larry go on and on. Then Arrow will find his comfy place and drift off to sleep.
Rating: Humorous, authentic and thought provoking
The script called for a German shepherd, but when Mr. Byington met Arrow at Mr. Schwartzman’s mention, he changed the character to a French bulldog in an interview with Charles Behrens interview. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dorffEIjjjA&index=5&list=PLKhCb5VltnFY24Yu9jB6vvn9aEpGYpPhr)
Movie shot in Austin, Texas.
The writer and director of Queen of Earth was cast in this movie. He was the one driving the car with his friends on their way to a celebration.
Speaking of familiar places in film. The EXACT seat was in Pet Detective starring Jim Carey. It was at the Airline History Museum in Kansas City.