The Dog Problem

Synopsis: In Los Angeles, a depressed writer named Solo has writer's block after a successful first book of which he's ashamed, and he's broke, thanks to a year in classical psychoanalysis. In their final session, his therapist suggests that he gets a pet, so Solo buys a scrawny terrier that adds to his problems: the dog isn't house-trained; he owes money to a thug who's angry; at a dog park, he begs a woman he's just met to pay the veterinarian's bill when the dog is bitten; and his friend Casper has introduced him to a persistent rich girl who decides that she wants the dog. He could sell, settle his debts, and return to life with a clean carpet, or he could figure out why he doesn't want to part with the dog.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Scott Caan
Production: ThinkFilm Inc.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

So Mr. Harrington...

Uh, wait a minute.

Dr. Nourmand?


Can you just call me Solo?


Well, a-aside from the fact

that it's my name, I've...

I've just been coming

here for almost a year now

and, uh, frankly, this could be...

this could be it for us.

So I was just wondering

if we could just end

on a less formal note, you know?

Oh. Uh...



- Well...

- Yeah, I... I can call you Solo.


Okay, good, good.

And you are...

I'm still Dr. Nourmand.


I, uh, I got...

I got you this jacket.

Oh... Well...

Thank you very much.

I can't accept it, uh...

but it is a very nice gesture, nonetheless.

Thank you.

I... I think you should just take the jacket.

W- why?

Because I bought it for you.

Well, do you do that often?

I mean, do you buy gifts...


For your... for your friends...

- No.

- Family?

- No. No, no, no.

- No?

Just this.

What about this being it?

Well, I... you know, I just...

I just spend a very large

portion of my time here.

And, uh, you know, to be honest,

I was just walking down the street

and I saw the jacket in...

in the window and...

- Oh, no.

I thought it would look nice on you

I don't know,

I think you just take the jacket.

No, no, no, I...

I... I am.

I'm considering that.

But I meant...

I meant "this", as in our time here.


Oh, oh.

Well, yeah, I've just run out of money.

I'm broke.

Five days a week here for almost a year

just added up a lot quicker

than I thought it would and...


How do you feel about that?


I feel f***ed.

I mean... No, I feel... no, I feel...

- F***ed?

- I feel better than I did, right?

- Yeah.

But... but now what, right?

Well, what do you think?

Uh, well, you know, I... I mean, I...

I... I could...

I'm going to start writing again.

Try to make a little money.

Well, that's good.

- Yeah.

- Yeah, that's very good.


Yeah, I'll call you when that happens.

Do you ever consider getting a pet, Solo?


Out of the way, jerk-off!

You know, pal, uh...

The best thing about buying a dog

is that, uh, you can always get rid of it.

I mean, if you don't like it.

The dog, I mean.

When'd you get that jacket?

This is Jonesy.

You're listening to Jonesy's Jukebox.

It's a beautiful day in L.A.

F***ing hell.

Why are there so many people here, man?

Well, that's the thing about these places:

a lot of people, you know?

Some good, some not so good,

and some just pure fantasia.

Jesus Christ!

That never happens to me... ever.

Oh, my God!


Wait a minute.

She might have been the one.

- I think I need to go back.

- What?

That was the one.

That was the one.

I got to go grab her.

I got to get her.

- I do.

- No, you got to be kidding me.

- Come on.

- Listen, you don't need me.

You don't need me, okay?

Just grab the first one

that looks at you funny.

You ever heard the term

"puppy dog eyes"?

It comes from a place.

That's the place.

I'll be right back.

I love you. You're good.

You're good.


You said you were going to get it for me.

All right, here's the thing, Brad.

I just need a... a simple dog, you know?

One that doesn't require a

whole lot of maintenance.

Uh, low energy, uh,

doesn't need a lot of stuff.

You know, I have a balcony,

so one that can use the balcony

to use the bathroom would be great.

Uh, you know, just a...

a dog that doesn't need to

go outside too much. Or ever.

That would be great, too.

Okay, Brad?

What do you say, Brad?

I really should have come in with you.

What's that supposed to mean?


It means nothing.


You don't like the dog?

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Scott Caan

Scott Andrew Caan (born August 23, 1976) is an American actor. He currently stars as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0 (2010–present), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Caan is also known for his recurring role as manager Scott Lavin in the HBO television series Entourage (2009–2011). He was also a part of 1990s rap group The Whooliganz with The Alchemist. The duo went by the names Mad Skillz and Mudfoot, respectively. more…

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