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Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer, Dermot Mulroney ... see more see more... , Stockard Channing , Julie Gonzalo , Ali Hillis , Brad William Henke , Glenn Howerton , Ben Shenkman , Jordana Spiro , Kirk Trutner , Victor Webster , Michael Spound , Will McCormack , Ted Griffin , Marylouise Burke , Brad Hall , Bobby Coleman , Emma Prescott , Jaden Sorensen , Will Rothhaar , Tony Bill , Patrick St. Esprit , Josh Stamberg , Anoush Nevart , Krikor Satamian , Jon Lindstrom , Patrick Fabian , Steven R. Schirripa , Bess Wohl , Laura Kightlinger , Rubria Martins-Negrao , Colin Egglesfield , Suzy Nakamura , Jamie Denbo , Miles Hull , Amy Kidd , Ted Detwiler , Kate McClafferty , Shana Hiatt

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 e... read more read more...motional 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005

Stats: 5,405 reviews

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  • July 29, 2011
    Sweet story of true love :) I love John Cusack in this movie!!! :) So cute :) Just a great movie :) :) :) :)
  • June 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, nothi... read moreng brilliant.
  • July 23, 2010
    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... read more 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.
  • April 16, 2010
    I liked it as much as a non-American female 40 something divorcee could (No offence intended to American female 40 something divorcees). It wasn't terrible, there are plenty worse out there. I did like Christopher Plummer's penny speech, that was lovely, he really is one of the l... read moreast truly great actors.
  • February 2, 2010
    Diane Lane is good as always. She and Christopher Plummer have a nice chemistry as father and daughter but John Cusack gets more annoying as time goes by.
  • July 13, 2009
    Some genuinely fresh romantic/comedic lines and situations, but Sarah is basically a shadow of Frances Mayes in Under the Tuscan Sun, the latter of whom has far less to lose and far more charm in doing it. I nearly threw in the towel the second she says, "Will you let me ... read moreexplain?" Why do people in movies need permission to explain themselves? Bad writing!
  • June 14, 2008
    Fun spoof on the lies one tells while INternet dating frames the romance developing between a very girl-next-doorish Diane Lane and a forlorn John Cusack. The intended couple have a few starts and stops along the way as misunderstandings abound. Wonderfully romantic-comedy movie ... read moreof the couple since When Harry Met Sally... and You've Got M@il. I also like seeing these dogs where it says in the title.
  • May 17, 2008
  • November 7, 2007
    It was cute enough but I feel like they played all the really funny parts in the preview.
  • September 24, 2007

Critic Reviews

Richard Roeper
August 1, 2005
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

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

Stephanie Zacharek
July 29, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek,

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

Moira MacDonald
July 29, 2005
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

As fantasies go, you could do a lot worse. Full Review

July 29, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle

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

Peter Howell
July 29, 2005
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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

Ann Hornaday
July 29, 2005
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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

Jen Chaney
July 29, 2005
Jen Chaney, Washington Post

Stands as yet another example of how easy it is for filmmakers to fail at romantic comedy. Full Review

Roger Moore
July 29, 2005
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

It's OK to be retro with your screen romance, but retro shouldn't feel this inept. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
July 29, 2005
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Lately, Hollywood has gotten so obsessed with doing big things badly, it seems to have forgotten how to do small things well. Full Review

Connie Ogle
July 29, 2005
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

A romantic comedy is only as irresistible as are its temporarily star-crossed lovers. By this barometer, the enjoyably breezy Must Love Dogs boasts quite a pedigree. Full Review

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