Lawn Dogs (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Lawn Dogs (1998)



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A young girl finds friendship on the wrong side of the career tracks in this drama. Camelot Gardens is a "gated community" where wealthy people can purchase luxurious (if sterile) homes and a security force ensures that riffraff will be kept away from your door after nightfall. The Stockard family are new arrivals at Camelot Gardens; father Morton (Christopher McDonald) is a businessman who wants to go into politics, while mother Clare (Kathleen Quinlan) busies herself with affairs with younger men. Neither seems to have much time for their 10-year-old daughter Devon (Mischa Barton), who doesn't care for children her own age; Devon's uncle likes to entertain her with stories about a witch named Baba Yaga who lives in the forest, so one day she wanders into the nearby woods looking for Baba. Instead, she finds a trailer that's home to Trent (Sam Rockwell), a 20-something free spirit who scrapes together a living by mowing the lawns of Camelot Gardens. Devon and Trent both have physical and emotional scars to deal with, and they soon become friends and confidantes; however, Devon's parents become upset when they learn that their daughter's best friend is a grown man, particularly one who lives in a trailer and does lawn maintenance for a living. Lawn Dogs won awards at a number of international film festivals in 1997, including the Stockholm Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Catalonian International Film Festival.


Christopher McDonald
as Morton Stockard
Kathleen Quinlan
as Clare Stockard
Tom Aldredge
as Jake, Trent's Father
Beth Grant
as Beth, Trent's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Lawn Dogs

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

John Duigan's Lawn Dogs is like a nasty accident at the symbol factory. Pieces are scattered all over the floor as the wounded help each other to the exits.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

a minor classic - look for it!

September 19, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

While it's true that fairy tales paint good and evil in black and white, Wallace's story suffers from such a simplistic presentation.

June 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...what really kills the movie and leaves it with an aftertaste worse than raw garlic, is the ethereal ending.

January 17, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A smart and satirical look at suburban angst.

September 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Vividly depicts the animosity of class warfare and the sad plight of those who dare to take a stand against conformity.

March 1, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lawn Dogs


What seems like a tale of friendly suburbia turns out to be a tale of the evils of the burbs. You never truly know your neighbors and where are her parents?

Jessica Safavimehr
Jessica Safavimehr

Super Reviewer


Watch it for free on online ;)

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

This was just ok, Sam Rockwell gives a great performance, but the story just seems disorganized.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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