Dog Days

Dog Days

2018, PG, 112 min. Directed by Ken Marino. Starring Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Finn Wolfhard, Eva Longoria, Tig Notaro, Rob Corddry.

REVIEWED By Josh Kupecki, Fri., Aug. 10, 2018

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the species of Homo sapiens on this planet can’t get their shit together. They need help. And while perhaps we’re a few years away from some superior alien race beaming down and explaining to us that we’re doing it wrong (and that can’t come soon enough, frankly), I guess we’ll have to rely on domesticated animals to assist us in not destroying the world. Or in the case of Dog Days, at least bringing people together to make the world a better place (heterosexuals only, please).

This doldrums August rom-com is directed by The State veteran Ken Marino, known in front of the camera mostly for his work on the beloved Party Down and the inexplicably prolific Wet Hot American Summer films (series? Does it matter at this point? What even is life?). Dog Days is a scattershot ensemble of people meeting cute due to their canine companions, some romantically and some for just friendship (a young pizza delivery dude and an old guy have their moments).

But the film mostly concerns Nina Dobrev and Vanessa Hudgens looking for love in all the wrong places. Various characters meet; some are local television hosts and some are retirees, but all have one thing in common, and if the title didn’t hip you to it, well there’s really no hope for you anyway. Hearts are broken and mended, dogs are adopted, and there is only one canine casualty, which is pretty good for a film about man’s best friend bringing people together (see A Dog’s Purpose for reference).

What Marino and writers Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama bring to this very pedestrian material is a sense of the absurd. And by absurd, I’m not talking about some stupid bit involving some Jet Ski mishap with Adam Sandler or David Spade. There are many times where you think you know where the joke is going, and then it escalates into another universe, and that is what distinguishes Dog Days from some random Netflix-algorithm bullshit that will most certainly pop up on your queue. The film is funnier than it has every right to be, given the boilerplate premise of dogs bringing people together, but Marino and co. go for the brass ring. Try to imagine going to your local deli for your usual sandwich, and then, as you are eating said sandwich on a comfortable park bench, you discover that they added bacon to it. It’s a film that toes the line of mediocrity while also mildly subverting those tropes, which is basically all you can ask for in this particular season of movie releases.

Showtimes

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Fri., Aug. 17

CC/DVS 1:40, 4:50
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 1:40, 4:50

Sat., Aug. 18

1:40, 4:50

Sun., Aug. 19

1:40, 4:50

Mon., Aug. 20

1:40, 4:50

Tue., Aug. 21

1:40, 4:50

Wed., Aug. 22

1:40, 4:50

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Fri., Aug. 17

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Sat., Aug. 18

digital 10:05am, 3:55
digital, luxury lounger 10:05am, 3:55

Sun., Aug. 19

digital 10:05am, 3:55
digital, luxury lounger 10:05am, 3:55

Mon., Aug. 20

digital 3:55
digital, luxury lounger 3:55

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 3:55
digital, luxury lounger 3:55

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 3:55
digital, luxury lounger 3:55

Fri., Aug. 17

digital 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35
digital, luxury lounger 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35

Sat., Aug. 18

digital 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35
digital, luxury lounger 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35

Sun., Aug. 19

digital 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35
digital, luxury lounger 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35

Mon., Aug. 20

digital 1:15, 4:15, 10:15
digital, luxury lounger 1:15, 4:15, 10:15

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35
digital, luxury lounger 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35
digital, luxury lounger 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Fri., Aug. 17

digital 11:20am
digital, luxury lounger 11:20am

Sat., Aug. 18

digital 11:20am
digital, luxury lounger 11:20am

Sun., Aug. 19

digital 11:20am
digital, luxury lounger 11:20am

Mon., Aug. 20

digital 11:20am
digital, luxury lounger 11:20am

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 11:20am
digital, luxury lounger 11:20am

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 11:20am
digital, luxury lounger 11:20am

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Fri., Aug. 17

10:10am, 12:45, 3:40

Sat., Aug. 18

10:10am, 12:45, 3:40

Sun., Aug. 19

12:45, 3:40

Mon., Aug. 20

12:45, 3:40

Tue., Aug. 21

12:45, 3:40

Wed., Aug. 22

12:45, 3:40

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Fri., Aug. 17

3:50

Sat., Aug. 18

3:50

Sun., Aug. 19

11:05am, 10:00

Mon., Aug. 20

3:50

Tue., Aug. 21

3:50

Wed., Aug. 22

11:10am

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Fri., Aug. 17

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Sat., Aug. 18

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Sun., Aug. 19

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Mon., Aug. 20

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Tue., Aug. 21

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Wed., Aug. 22

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Thu., Aug. 23

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iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Fri., Aug. 17

2:15, 9:15

Sat., Aug. 18

2:15, 9:15

Sun., Aug. 19

2:15, 9:15

Mon., Aug. 20

2:15, 9:15

Tue., Aug. 21

2:15, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 22

2:15, 9:15

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Fri., Aug. 17

CC/DVS 11:50am

Sat., Aug. 18

CC/DVS 11:50am

Sun., Aug. 19

CC/DVS 11:50am

Mon., Aug. 20

CC/DVS 11:50am

Tue., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 11:50am

Wed., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 11:50am

Thu., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 11:50am

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Fri., Aug. 17

Reserved Seating 9:30am

Sat., Aug. 18

Reserved Seating 9:30am

Sun., Aug. 19

Reserved Seating 9:30am

Mon., Aug. 20

Reserved Seating 12:40

Tue., Aug. 21

Reserved Seating 12:40

Wed., Aug. 22

Reserved Seating 12:40

Thu., Aug. 23

Reserved Seating 12:40

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Fri., Aug. 17

Reserved Seating 10:30am

Sat., Aug. 18

Reserved Seating 10:30am

Sun., Aug. 19

Reserved Seating 10:30am

Mon., Aug. 20

Reserved Seating 10:45am

Tue., Aug. 21

Reserved Seating 10:45am

Wed., Aug. 22

Reserved Seating 10:45am

Thu., Aug. 23

Reserved Seating 10:45am

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Fri., Aug. 17

10:50am, 1:30

Sat., Aug. 18

10:50am, 1:30

Sun., Aug. 19

11:15am

Mon., Aug. 20

4:20

Tue., Aug. 21

4:20

Wed., Aug. 22

4:25

Thu., Aug. 23

4:20

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Fri., Aug. 17

5:00

Sat., Aug. 18

5:00

Sun., Aug. 19

1:15

Mon., Aug. 20

1:15

Tue., Aug. 21

1:15

Wed., Aug. 22

1:15

Thu., Aug. 23

1:15

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Fri., Aug. 17

12:30, 3:30

Sat., Aug. 18

12:30, 3:30

Sun., Aug. 19

12:30, 3:30

Mon., Aug. 20

12:30, 3:30

Tue., Aug. 21

12:30, 3:30

Wed., Aug. 22

12:30, 3:30

Thu., Aug. 23

12:30, 3:30

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