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Wiener-Dog is a 2016 Black Comedy by Todd Solondz, which is also a sort of sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse. The film follows the dramas of four people who all own the same dachshund.

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  • Remy (Keaton Nigel Cooke) is a cancer survivor who gave the dog her titular name. When Wiener-Dog gets diarrhea, Remy's parents decide to put her down.
  • Dawn (Greta Gerwig) works at the clinic where Wiener-Dog was left. She takes her across the country with Brandon, her high-school crush. They leave Wiener-Dog with Brandon's brother and sister-in-law.
  • Dave Schmerz (Danny DeVito) is a screenwriter who works at a film school. He gets no respect from either his students or film agents. Fed up with his life, he tries to commit domestic terrorism.
  • Nana (Ellen Burstyn) is a bitter misanthrope whose granddaughter Zoe only talks to her when she wants money. She has a Heel Realization just as Wiener-Dog is killed in a car accident.

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Tropes Found in Wiener-Dog

  • Adorkable: Dawn
  • Angry Black Man: Fantasy has a pretty short fuse over the fact that his art isn't as appreciated as he wax hoping it would be.
  • Black Comedy: Naturally, given that it's Todd Solondz.
  • Canine Companion: Take a wild guess.
  • Downer Ending: Wiener-Dog is run over by a truck. Then another truck. Then a car. Then a compact. The next time we see her, she's been turned into an animatronic art installation.
  • Embarrassing First Name: None of the protagonists are particularly good with names. Aside from the titular name, we've got "Doody" ("You mean like...shit?") and "Cancer" ("It felt right").
    • There's also Zoe's boyfriend Fantasy.
  • Flat Character: Despite being in every story, Wiener-Dog shows no visible personality.
  • Funny Foreigner: Averted. The Mexican mariachi band that Dawn and Brendan encounter have had their spirits crushed due to how much of a disappointment America turned out to be.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Dawn's about as close to heroic as the film will allow, as she saved Wiener-Dog from being put down just for being high-maintenance.
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  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Brandon's kind of a dick, but he loves his brother and he shows a genuine interest in Dawn by the end of their arc.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Remy. It's never outright stated, but his parents say he's a "survivor" and that his hair has grown back.
  • No Respect Guy: Schmerz.
  • Overly Long Gag: Nana's dream has her meeting her younger self and being introduced to kinder versions of herself. The longer it goes, the funnier it gets.
  • Pet the Dog: Remy's father did this by giving him Wiener-Dog. He's pretty unlikable beyond that one gesture.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Brandon used to beat up homosexuals and transgendered people when he was in high school and doesn't show the least bit of remorse over it.
  • Protagonist Title: The titular Wiener Dog, who goes between different owners
  • Satire/Parody/Pastiche: Of movies revolving around dogs.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The montage of a Remy having fun with Wiener-Dog is set to the melancholy "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy.
  • Wham Shot: Wiener-Dog's brutal death. Topped by an even more disturbing shot of her dead body used as an art installation.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Zoe suspects Fantasy of being unfaithful. The lingering stare he gives one woman gives credit to this.
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