Must Love Dogs


Must Love Dogs

Critics Consensus

Despite good work from its likable leads, the romantic comedy Must Love Dogs is too predictable.



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A woman finds herself drafted into the battle of finding the perfect man in this romantic comedy. Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) is a kindergarten teacher in her mid-thirties who is still dealing with the emotional aftermath of her divorce eight months ago. While her sisters, Christine (Ali Hillis) and Carol (Elizabeth Perkins), both think Sarah needs to start dating again, Sarah herself isn't so sure. Carol decides to force the issue by posting Sarah's photo and profile on an Internet dating site, and soon a number of seemingly eligible bachelors are sending her e-mails in hopes of a date. However, nearly every man she meets turns out to be a loser, with the exception of Jake (John Cusack), who is smart, good looking, and even brings along a dog for their walk in the park (though he doesn't tell her the pooch was borrowed for the occasion). However, Sarah also makes the acquaintance of Bob (Dermot Mulroney), the divorced father of one of her students, and she finds herself having to choose between two potentially worthwhile men. Meanwhile, Sarah's widowed father, Bill (Christopher Plummer), decides to give Internet dating a try, and lands himself a new steady in Dolly (Stockard Channing). Must Love Dogs is based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Claire Cook.

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Audience Reviews for Must Love Dogs

  • Dec 01, 2013
    It's impossible not to like Diane Lane and John Cusack. But this romantic comedy predictable and kind of disappointing. John Cusack's character is in his 40's, doesn't make any money, and still wears Ramones tee shirts. So, I'm kind of confused. I mean, isn't this the guy we divorcees need to steer clear of?
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    Why did I watch this? 'Family Night' did me in, this night was not my Swedish movie night. However, Cusack (who really needs to play either Elvis Costello or Joe Strummer soon) is great but I wanted to take my 750ml bottle of champagne and strike it over my head. I have no problem with romantic movies but when they come off as something Woody Allen would've written in twelve-minutes then through it out the window realizing it's trash and might keep a few scenes then I am the one who wants to jump out the window - enter 'Must Love Dogs'.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Average film, with a few funny scenes. It's been a long time since I've watched this film and I only vaguely remember it. Shows how good it is... The funniest scene was most probably when he tried getting a condom. The only part that really had me laughing. Other than that, nothing brilliant.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2010
    This is a story about a divorced teacher who doesn't want to continue dating after finishing a relationship. Her family wants her to find a new boyfriend so they post an ad on a dating website for her. She gets many offers and when one of the offers sound to be good she decides to give it a try and she goes on a date with this guy. Very charming and sweet.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer

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