Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs

3.8 11
Director: Gary David Goldberg

Cast: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins


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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,…  See more details below


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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Erstwhile child star and glamour girl Diane Lane, having gotten much better with age, seems perfectly comfortable these days with roles calling for maturity and worldliness -- qualities Hollywood doesn't necessarily appreciate in today's leading ladies. Lane is especially good in this breezy romantic comedy, playing a recent divorcée approaching middle age and dreading the dating scene. At the insistence of her pushy older sister (Elizabeth Perkins), she enrolls with an online dating service and begins seeing various men, one of whom (John Cusack) makes a shockingly weak first impression but fascinates her anyway. Director Gary David Goldberg, who also wrote the script, is a TV veteran whose hit series include Family Ties and Spin City. It shouldn't be surprising, therefore, that the situations and dialogue have the facile quality associated with sitcoms; at times it seems as though the characters aren't having authentic conversations but, rather, tossing one-liners at each other. Still, the lines are generally clever and the characters reasonably well drawn. Dermot Mulroney, for example, plays a single dad who woos Lane while simultaneously romancing one of her co-workers. It would have been easy to make him a two-dimensional creep, but to his credit, Goldberg makes the guy more likable than he needs to be. Lane, too, is depicted as judgmental and a bit too quick to bristle -- qualities with which all of us can relate but which aren't too off-putting. Somewhat less essential to the film's structure, but cleverly developed in its own right, is a subplot involving Lane's widowed father (Christopher Plummer) and his slightly frowsy girl friend (Stockard Channing). Obtrusive though it occasionally seems, this material hits a receptive chord because Goldberg makes us care about the oldsters and gives them an equal share of snappy things to say. But this is Lane's show all the way; she effortlessly dominates every scene she's in, and you can't help but love her character even when she's being snotty. Noël Coward it ain't, but Must Love Dogs is a smart, sassy comedy for those old enough to appreciate how tough it can be to begin life's second act.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scenes - with optional commentary; Pass the Beef gag reel; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diane Lane Sarah Nolan
John Cusack Jake
Elizabeth Perkins Carol
Christopher Plummer Bill
Dermot Mulroney Bob
Stockard Channing Dolly
Julie Gonzalo June
Ali Hillis Christine
Brad William Henke Leo
Glenn Howerton Michael
Ben Shenkman Charlie
Jordana Spiro Sherry
Kirk Trutner Deli Guy
Victor Webster Eric
Michael Spound Marc
Will McCormack Jason
Ted Griffin Bill Jr.
Marylouise Burke Aunt Eileen
Brad Hall Stanley
Bobby Coleman Austin
Emma Prescott Molly
Jaden Sorensen Justin
Will Rothhaar Jeremy
Tony Bill Walter
Patrick St. Esprit Marshall
Josh Stamberg Lennie
Anoush Nevart Mrs. Parseghian
Krikor Satamian Mr. Parseghian
Jon Lindstrom Peter
Patrick Fabian Donald
Steven R. Schirripa Vinnie
Bess Wohl Rebecca
Laura Kightlinger Marcia
Rubria Martins-Negrao Sonia
Colin Egglesfield David
Suzy Nakamura Mai
Jamie Denbo Bertha
Miles Hull Timmy
Amy Kidd Jennifer
Ted Detwiler Boat Guy
Kate McClafferty Coxswain
Shana Hiatt Hostess

Technical Credits
Gary David Goldberg Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Philip Belove Consultant/advisor
Roger Bondelli Editor
Kazimir Boyle Musical Arrangement
Joanna Colbert Casting
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Gina B. Cranham Set Decoration/Design
Marguerite Derricks Choreography
Bonnie Finnegan Casting
Shaun Glendenning Special Effects
Jonathan Hafter Musical Direction/Supervision
Brad Hall Executive Producer
Linda Huse Costumes/Costume Designer
Tess Inman Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Patrick Kelly Stunts
David Kelson Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Lola B. Chambers Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Marangoni Special Effects
Debbi Mazor Stunts
Florence-Isabelle Megginson Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew Moriarty Camera Operator
Susan Page Consultant/advisor
Julie Ragland Associate Producer
Grant Rosenberg Executive Producer
Eric Sears Editor
Michele Sebek Stunts
Naomi Shohan Production Designer
Andy Shuttlesworth Camera Operator
Jim Slater Set Decoration/Design
Ronald G. Smith Executive Producer,Production Manager
Gamila Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Solberg Stunts
Paul A. St. John Costumes/Costume Designer
Sandra M. Stewart Special Effects
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Sonny Tipton Stunts
Jennifer Todd Producer
Suzanne Todd Producer
Leah Vautrot Makeup
Cindy Wasson Consultant/advisor
Sam Weisman Consultant/advisor
Darlene Ava Williams Stunts
Denise Wynbrandt Makeup
Patty York Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Must Love Dogs
1. Credits [2:04]
2. Divorced Duo [3:46]
3. Benched [4:29]
4. Mr. Incorrigible [3:39]
5. My Dad's Date [4:30]
6. On Offense on the Web [3:30]
7. Short Attention Spans [3:47]
8. Dog Park Rendezvous [4:10]
9. Hello, Dolly - and Bobby [3:26]
10. Happy Singalong [3:29]
11. Second Shots [3:14]
12. Everybody Except Us [5:45]
13. Date Reports [5:13]
14. Brown Penny [3:11]
15. Never Ready [3:02]
16. Just Friends [4:44]
17. Too Many Men [5:23]
18. Pole and Tap Dancing [5:19]
19. Guys Like You [5:36]
20. Cheer Me Up [2:59]
21. Not Quite Zhivago [4:58]
22. Nice Turn of Phrase [3:09]
23. Today's Special [3:49]
24. End Credits [4:27]


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Must Love Dogs 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great way to spend a lazy afternoon!! This is the "little movie that could"--top-notch stars, heart-warming story, and a soundtrack that made me rush out to buy it today!! This IS NO TEENAGE LOVE STORY--rather it is geared to adults in the vein of "Something's Got to Give." Lane, Cusack, McDermott, Channing, and Plummer are all wonderful in their parts and the grouping of the actors is perfect!! At almost age 50, it is VERY DIFFICULT for me to enjoy what I consider the overrun of "teenage love stories/comedies" in the theatres today and I was most thankful to come across this little gem!! BUY IT IF YOU FEEL THE SAME!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the movie must love dogs because it had a good story line for all of the characters starring in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book and didn't know how it would translate on the big screen. Well, the screenplay isn't much like the book. The book includes some of the funniest scenes that just wouldn't have fit into the movie (they borderline slapstick). Although I like Stockard Channing's performance (I'm not the only one who thinks she should win an Emmy for her role in "Out of Practice"), I pictured Dolly's character as Dolly Parton (hey, that's how she's decribed in the book). It's a sweet movie for the 30-something crowd into chick-flicks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is good for one viewing and that's it. Dating movie's are always the same thing every time and this one is no different. Cliche after cliche after stereotype after stereotype.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movis just okie dokie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. It's not trying to send any quaint messages or make you think hard about life and love and philosophy. It's just really good entertainment. Diane Lane is great as Sara - I'm not sure anyone else could have pulled this off as well. Her expressions do the trick. (I admit I am a fan but stick by my review of the movie as a whole...) With the subject matter being close to home for almost everybody these days it's easy to relate to. I loved the sound track as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This had very real feelings interjected in the characters. I would watch again
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