Must Love Dogs

Released 2005


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Gary David Goldberg
Must Love Dogs is a romantic comedy film directed by Gary David Goldberg based on Claire Cook's novel of the same name that centers on divorcee Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) as her family pushes her to break from her loneliness by dating, even setting her up with a number of dating sites. Pushed forward by the obvious busy dating habits of her father Bill (Christopher Plummer), Sarah lets her sisters Carol (Elizabeth Perkins) and Christine (Ali Hillis) help her in the modern ways of romance. For Jake Anderson (John Cusack), it seems his post-divorce life leaves him disinterested in anything but building his handcrafted boats. When the two meet on a dating site under the criteria of Òmust love dogsÓ, it's a horrible mess of nerves. Sarah slowly comes out of her shell with the support of her brother's new puppy Mother Theresa, one of her father's three girlfriends Dolly (Stockard Channing), and the comical pushiness of her family. Jumping into the dating world isn't as easy as it seems as life works against her and Jake and she falls for the smooth lines of one of her preschool student's recently divorced father, Bob (Dermot Mulroney).moreless


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  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    To properly appreciate Must Love Dogs, one must first love John Cusack. Thesp's maverick turn steals the show in this otherwise middling romantic comedy, which retools standard mee...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Forces them (the cast) to reenact the entire unabridged Encyclopedia of Treasured Romantic Comedy Clichés and Chestnuts, Revised Second Edition.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Proving once again that skillful performances can't create something out of almost nothing - the best they can do is make it palatable.

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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance