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Must Love Dogs (2005)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gary David Goldberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
Box Office: $43.8M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Ali Hillis
as Christine
Ben Shenkman
as Charlie
Kirk Trutner
as Deli Guy
Ted Griffin
as Bill Jr.
Marylouise Burke
as Aunt Eileen
Brad Hall
as Stanley
Tony Bill
as Walter
Anoush Nevart
as Mrs. Parseghian
Krikor Satamian
as Mr. Parseghian
Bess Wohl
as Rebecca
Amy Kidd
as Jennifer
Ted Detwiler
as Boat Guy
Shana Hiatt
as Hostess
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News & Interviews for Must Love Dogs

Critic Reviews for Must Love Dogs

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (39)

A goofy, euphoric amorous adventure in matchmaking cyberspace.

Full Review… | May 13, 2007
Long Island Press

An insult to the viewer's intelligence, which sticks to silly slapstick while failing to get around to making a mature statement about relationships.

Full Review… | May 7, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

If not for the talent and natural charisma of its star, Diane Lane, this would be an entirely worthless enterprise.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

I wouldn't call the movie a dog, but I didn't love it either. Our search for the next Great Romantic Comedy, like so many Hollywood singletons' quest for love, continues.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

What went wrong? The script is a bit dodgy and the actors seem to be going through the motions.

Full Review… | September 24, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

...the film is ultimately difficult to resist, though it's clear that those who generally dislike this sort of thing will really hate this.

Full Review… | February 25, 2006
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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

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

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

Super Reviewer

Must Love Dogs Quotes

Mr. Parseghian: Wednesday is Mother-in-law night. All she can eat!
– Submitted by Venkatesh S (4 years ago)

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