A Boy and His Dog (1975)

A Boy and His Dog
Director: L.Q. Jones
Writer: L.Q. Jones
Based on: the stories by Harlan Ellison
Cast: Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards, Tim McIntire, Alvy Moore, Helene Winston, Charles McGraw, Hal Baylor, Ron Feinberg
Seen on: 2.1.2017

In a postapocalyptic landscape Vic (Don Johnson) and his dog Blood (Tim McIntire) make their way through the desert, trying to survive. Vic and Blood can communicate telepathically and they share their chores: Vic looks for food for the both of them, while Blood tries to find a woman for Vic and teaches him about history. Blood is also sure that they will be able to find green farming land, but Vic is more interested in getting laid.

A Boy and His Dog was simply a horrible film, packed with misogyny and sexism and when it’s not offensive, it’s boring. I hated almost all of it.

The description of the film in the Filmmuseum program led me to believe that this was basically Mad Max with a dog which sounds awesome. Unfortunately the film is neither as competently made as the Mad Max film nor as smart nor as interesting with regards to genre conventions and heroism.

One might credit A Boy and His Dog with making the boy-dog-friendship thing x-rated, but I don’t know how much of an achievement that actually is. That the companion dogs are absolutely smart and maybe even smarter than their human counterparts is nothing new, although it is made more obvious by having the dog be able to talk to Vic.

Unfortunately Blood isn’t afforded even half of the importance that Vic’s dick quest is afforded. And seriously that goes wrong in so many ways. Vic acts like it’s his right to have a pussy to fuck (and he doesn’t care one bit about the woman attached to this pussy). There’s one scene where Blood sniffs out a woman, but unfortunately they are too late – the woman has been gangraped and killed. Vic’s reaction to that is to get angry at Blood for not finding a better woman for him in this desert wasteland. Well, fuck you for that.

By the time Vic’s obsession with his dick catches up with him a bit – [SPOILER] he is honeytrapped with the intention to get his sperm [/SPOILER] – I was so far past caring for anybody or anything that happens in the film, that any possible subversion that resides in that turn of events (and if it’s really all that subversive can very well be argued about) comes too little, too late. I just wanted to film to be over (not only but also because the sound was way too loud and I had to cover my ears for a lot of the film). It was just exhausting.

Summarizing: No, really not.

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