Amazon Studios and IFC Films have unveiled the first trailer for Wiener-Dog, the dark comedy from writer-director Todd Solondz (king of the darkest comedies) about a single dog and the eclectic bunch of people she touches in her short lifetime. And yeah, that “short lifetime” bit is directly from the synopsis, so we can definitely expect Wiener-Dog to possess Solondz’s signature pitch-black perspective. It’s also described as an “appallingly honest look at the American experience,” and is presumably a semi-sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse since it stars Greta Gerwig as Dawn Weiner — the same name as Heather Matarazzo‘s woebegone middle-schooler in the 1995 cult classic. So best bet is a film that’s dark, disturbing, kind of funny, and ultimately stunning.
This trailer looks dangerously like your standard quirky comedy, so audiences who aren’t familiar with Solondz’s work might be in for a bit of a gut-punch, but it also looks pretty damn excellent and a bit more playful than the director’s previous films. As usual, he’s assembled a tremendous ensemble cast to carry that unique tone. And I’ll now be using “Heel, motherfucker!” anytime my dogs are misbehaving.
Wiener-Dog also stars Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts, and Zosia Mamet and arrives in theaters on June 24th. Watch the trailer below.
Here’s the official synopsis for Wiener-Dog:
From director Todd Solondz (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, HAPPINESS), WIENER-DOG is a dark, starkly funny story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip. After leaving Dawn, Wiener-Dog encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more. Solondz’s perversely dark comedy offers an appallingly honest look at the American experience, brought to life by its all-star cast.