Wiener-Dog tells the story of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.
What an inconceivably boring, dull, overwritten, and pretentious drivel. Why did I waste my money on this film? When a screenwriter runs out of ideas, they more often than not turn to profanity (see Sausage Party). It was like this was a student film where the most basic cliche’s are used in all aspects of filmmaking, making it seem they weren’t bothered enough to make an effort to make this film.
This being said, the trailer that made the film at least look interesting enough to draw the audience in enough to want to pay to see this film. Despite the marketing doing its best to portray Wiener-Dog as a comedy, or at least a black comedy at that, it wasn’t at all funny but more depressing as we as the audience see a series of glimpses focused on extremely disturbed owners, including a mother that tells a story to her son about a raping dog. That and the director is obsessed with long sweeping shots of nothing in particular that includes the poo left behind by the Wiener-Dog around one owners house and down the street.
There’s no plot, no story, and absolutely no connection between the scenes and the different owners. The performances by actors are amateur and have no sense of guidance from the director at all. Even the most experienced actors like that of Danny DeVito who’s known for his comedy with Matilda, Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, L.A. Confidential, and my personal favourite Always Sunny In Philadelphia, were reduced to a c-grade actor. Is he really that desperate to lower himself to a film like this? Apparently so.
What this film shows is the kind of people who shouldn’t own pets and the poor animals should be saved as quickly as possible.