The cast is diverse from Danny DeVito to Greta Gerwig. Usually I am a fan of DeVito, but his story arc in this film is just boring and draggy. As an unsuccessful teacher, his scenes feel like a typical lecture on how to be happy and successful. Overused and overdone. Give me more of that superb acting seen in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia please! On the other hand, I've never been a fan of Gerwig. After seeing Miss America, I thought her acting was just awful. Give me something to prove otherwise and I will happily accept. But for now, I'm going to have to pass on Gerwig's starring roles.
To me, Wiener-Dog just seems offensive with its cheap jokes playing on stereotypes and disabilities. This was the only film in the festival that I saw people walk out of because of its grotesqueness and absurdity. Towards the beginning, there is a scene prolonged like a Steve McQueen directed film, but all we are looking at is a pavement of dog diarrhea. If I wanted to look at diarrhea on the big screen, I would re-watch Godard's Goodbye to Language. That may come off as an insult to Godard, but I'm pretty sure the film actually features a guy having diarrhea on screen. The only redeeming value of this flick would have to be the adorable wiener dog. Yet, I'd rather watch the Sarah McLachlan SPCA commercial than this film again.
The Bottom Line: A waste of actors, a waste of a dog, and overall a waste of time.