Lawn Dogs (1997)

Lawn Dogs
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Director: John Duigan
Actors: Christopher McDonald, Kathleen Quinlan, Mischa Barton, Sam Rockwell

Mischa Barton makes a sparkling screen debut in this fresh and lively urban fairy tale. Barton plays Devon, a new transplant, along with her uptight parents, to the even more uptight suburbian utopia of Camelot Gardens, a closed-in, upper-class neighborhood that might be anywhere in America. The highly imaginative ten-year-old has no friends, and instead lives through her fantasies. Yet, when she travels outside the walls of the Gardens and ends up at the trailer of Trent Burns (Sam Rockwell), a poor eccentric who mows her family's lawn, a friendship blossoms. When tragedy strikes the dog of a local bully, their secret relationship is made public and the community explodes. Rockwell gives a thoroughly funny, engaging performance as the outcast Trent, and makes his bond with the younger Devon seem honest, heartfelt, and beautiful. LAWN DOGS is a thoughtful and heartwarming tale of a friendship that defies the rules of class or age.

Status: Normal
Run time: 100mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Fullscreen
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Member Reviews (6)

I apologise in advance for my poor use of my vocabulary, I am not too well spoken. The storyline is confusing and I feel leaves one or two things unanswered. A felt that some parts did not add up. I feel that the only thing that makes Lawn Dogs worth watching is the brilliant performances by Barton and Rockwell, they worked so well together and showed great examples of a fine actor. But perhaps I am bias as I am a growing fan of Rockwell - have you seen Moon?! I am not sure whether to give this film and low rating due to the as I said confusing plot or a high rating owing to the great performances. Perhaps I'll settle in the middle.
Posted Thursday, 23 January 2014 See my other reviews
It was an interesting friendship between a grown man and you child, which most could only see as dangerous. No real 'nice' people in this movie.
Posted Friday, 15 March 2013 See my other reviews
A beautiful little movie starring a very young Mischa Barton. Her character, living with her parents in this gated, American community, befriends the local lawn mower guy (Sam Rockwell), who is the local outcast. A beautiful friendship develops between the two.
Posted Wednesday, 13 January 2010 See my other reviews
Jack K.
Hmmmm. The Quickflix blurb says “Rockwell gives a thoroughly funny, engaging performance as the outcast Trent, . . .” Engaging maybe, but not particularly funny, and definitely not THOROUGHLY! I had been taken in by those two words “thoroughly funny” and was thoroughly disappointed. As a “heartwarming tale” I did warm to the budding friendship between Trent and Devon but it all evaporated when the heart warmer used extreme violence and threatened to kill her stereotyped ‘upwardly mobile’ father. This contemporary fairly tale’s continued use of violence to solve class misunderstandings and issues of non conformity is unproductive and negative, and only serves to justify the vengeance seekers of this world.
Posted Saturday, 14 July 2007 See my other reviews
Russell B.
Posted Wednesday, 29 November 2006 See my other reviews
David Stephensen
After John Duigan's Australian masterpieces (The Year My Voice Broke and Flirting in the 80s (Quickflix: hint hint), he went to USA and made films of varying quality. In Lawn Dogs he is certainly up to scratch. Like the other two, this is a film about the magic of deep but precarious friendship. The external pressures on the friendship are enormous, but its value is incalculable.
Posted Thursday, 23 December 2004 See my other reviews
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