Danny brings his cancer-surviving son Remi a wiener dog. His wife Dina does not want to deal with caring for the dog, but Danny informs her Remi is mature and old enough to help the two with the responsibilities. Dina brings Wiener-Dog to the vet to get spayed, and on their way, Remi becomes upset. Dina comforts Remi by telling him a story about her childhood dog. During Dina and Danny's yoga class, Wiener-Dog wanders off into the kitchen where Remi feeds him a granola bar. Wiener-Dog becomes sick and throws up all over their home. The next day Danny brings Wiener-Dog to the vet to be euthanised.
At the vet, Dawn brings Wiener-Dog home with her, where she nurses it back to life. One day while shopping for pet food, she runs into Brandon who invites her to visit his brother Tommy and his wife April in Ohio. Dawn agrees, and the two head off to Ohio, where they come across homesick hitchhikers. Once they arrive in Ohio, Brandon informs his brother their father had died due to alcoholism. Tommy asks Brandon to stop doing drugs, and Brandon promises he will stop. Dawn offers to leave Wiener-Dog with Tommy and April, who happily accept Dawn's offer. On their way home, Dawn and Brandon talk about their future together, and happily hold hands.
Wiener-Dog then arrives with Dave Schmerz, a screenwriting professor who is attempting to get his second screenplay off the ground. One day at work, Schmerz is informed that various students and administration members are complaining about his constant negativity. Schmerz is asked to attend a discussion with a previous student who became a famous film director, where he is laughed at by students. Schmerz creates a bomb and attaches it to Wiener-Dog. Students notice and contact authorities.
Nana, who lives with her caregiver Yvette, receives a call from her granddaughter Zoe, who is on her way to visit, along with her boyfriend Fantasy. Once Zoe arrives, she asks for money in order to pay for Fantasy's new art project. Nana agrees to give her the money. While filling out the check, Zoe confides in her Nana, wondering if Fantasy is cheating on her. Once Zoe leaves, Nana goes outside and sits with Wiener-Dog, where she dreams about a younger version of herself coming back to show her what her life could have been if she had been more positive. She wakes up to discover Wiener-Dog has run away. She then spots Wiener-Dog being run over by a truck.
Six months later, a stuffed Wiener-Dog is displayed in Fantasy's art exhibit.
Director(s): Todd Solondz
Producer(s): David Distenfeld, Megan Ellison, Jillian Longnecker, Derrick Tseng, Christine Vachon
Starring(s): Keaton Nigel Cooke, Tracy Letts, Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, Haraldo Alvarez, Rigoberto Garcia, Dain Victorianio, Connor Long, Bridget Brown, Danny DeVito, Sharon Washington, Trey Silver, Ari Graynor, Kett Turton, Samrat Chakrabarti, Trey Gerrald, Clara Mamet, Katherine Reis, Ellen Burstyn, Melo Ludwig, Zosia Mamet, Michael Shaw, Marcella Lowery
Music by: James Lavino, Nathan Larson
Story by: Todd Solondz
Screenplay by: Todd Solondz
Edited by: Kevin Messman
Cinematography: Edward Lachman
Release Date: 24 Jun 2016
Other Release Date / Place: 22 Jan 2016 / Sundance
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Country: United States
Film Industry: American
Banner / Studio: Annapurna Pictures, Killer Films
Distributed by: Amazon Studios, IFC Films