Must Love Dogs (2005)



Critic 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.
PG-13 (for sexual content)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Diane Lane
as Sarah
Ali Hillis
as Christine
Ben Shenkman
as Charlie
Glenn Howerton
as Michael
Jordana Spiro
as Sherry
Kirk Trutner
as Deli Guy
Ted Griffin
as Bill Jr.
Marylouise Burke
as Aunt Eileen
Brad Hall
as Stanley
Bobby Coleman
as Austin
Will Rothhaar
as Jeremy
Tony Bill
as Walter
Josh Stamberg
as Lennie
Anoush Nevart
as Mrs. Parseghian
Krikor Satamian
as Mr. Parseghian
Bess Wohl
as Rebecca
Jamie Denbo
as Bertha
Miles Hull
as Timmy
Amy Kidd
as Jennifer
Ted Detwiler
as Boat Guy
Kate McClafferty
as Coxswain
Shana Hiatt
as Hostess
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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (35)

John Cusack and Diane Lane need to put out personal ads saying, 'Must have screenplay.'

August 1, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Top Critic

As fantasies go, you could do a lot worse.

July 29, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film gets more tepid as it goes along and ultimately just drifts off.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The real reason for taking a chance on this minor summer confection would be to catch up on the life of an unbilled hero: Lloyd Dobler.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Thanks to its splendid lead players, Must Love Dogs has the affable, cuddly charm that its title so hopefully invokes.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Must Love Dogs

Sweet story of true love :) I love John Cusack in this movie!!! :) So cute :) Just a great movie :) :) :) :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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 Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Average romantic comedy. I originally rated this only two stars, but five years on from first viewing, I am a little older and can relate a bit more to Diane Lane's depressed late 30's divorcee. Diane is obviously very attractive for her age, and I like John Cusack, but I have to say the main problem here is that they are not at all a convincing couple. She seems a little too conventional for him, and I never really bought them as an item at all. Any "aah" moments I had were gooing over the beautiful big dog. Probably not a great thing in a romantic film. There are a few laughs here, such as her answering her own father's personal add, and Stockard Channing is fantastic as Dolly, but it's not enough to make this a must see, Not bad for a weekend rental, but ultimately falls flat.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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