Dog Years

Austin Chronicle

DIRECTED BY: Robert Loomis

REVIEWED: 03-23-98

How far would you go to get your dog back if he disappeared? Ask Wally, the amiable skinhead whose Dalmatian, NeeChee, is abducted by bumbling gangsters after a chance run-in. He tries the conventional ways (like the dog pound) but soon visits his well-armed friend Lee for some firepower to take things up a notch or two. The crime boss (whose lieutenant sounds amazingly like a toned-down Ren Hoëk of Ren & Stimpy) orders two of his lamebrained thugs to rub out the dog, but the resourceful pooch makes good her escape and tries to find her Wally again. Desperate, the henchmen resort to adopting a black dog from the pound and dumping a sack of flour over him in the attempt to pass him off as NeeChee. Eventually, there's a price to be exacted at the gang's hideout, with the help of Wally's friend from the pound. The acting is a mite stiff in places, but it's more than made up for by the engagingly goofy story. There's plenty of gunplay, and plot convolutions aplenty; this story of an Oi-boy and his dog is no dog of a movie.

--Jerry Renshaw

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