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Must Love Dogs

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Gary David Goldberg

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Plot Summary

Based on the novel by Claire Cook, a 40-year-old divorcee (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Diane Lane, "Under the Tuscan Sun") throws herself back into the dating scene after a two-year "dry spell." When her sister writes a personal ad for her that includes the criteria "must love dogs," the divorcee has to borrow a canine to support her sister's exaggeration. What she doesn't know is, her prospective date (Golden Globe-nominee John Cusack, "Runaway Jury," "Serendipity") is doing the same thing, because he doesn't own a dog, either. Also starring, Elizabeth Perkins ("Moonlight and Valentino," "Finding Nemo"), Dermot Mulroney ("My Best Friend's Wedding"), Golden Globe-nominee Christopher Plummer ("Alexander") and Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Stockard Channing (TV's "The West Wing").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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35%
  • Reviews Counted: 146
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 95
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it. – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The film gets more tepid as it goes along and ultimately just drifts off. – San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Did Lane and John Cusack really have to put themselves through this? Here are two first-rate actors in the embarrassing situation of playing blithering misfits in a lame comedy of errors. – Jami Bernard, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Stands as yet another example of how easy it is for filmmakers to fail at romantic comedy. – Jen Chaney, Washington Post, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

For the dogs

I really wish I could say this was a good movie, but I just can't. Whoever did the casting for this movie failed in a big way. Decent to good actors in their own rights, but horrible together. Diane Lane's character seemed VERY forced to go for Cusak's character and it just wasn't a good match.... Cusak in High Fidelity with Iben Hjejle was a MUCH better match on the screen.

The story had some possbilities, but just fell flat. Whenever families start singing the Partridge Family theme and the main character's friends turn out to be gay, you know it's just another 2 bit Hollywood script that's been recycled. I hate to say it, but the criticts were right on this one.

So funny and wonderful!

This movie made me laugh and cry at some parts and I think its a great movie to have! Buy it, don't rent it! you won't regret it!!!!!!!

Awkward

To be completely honest, I recorded this movie, and remember watching pieces of it; but I am not even sure if I sat through the entire thing, let alone enjoyed what I saw. Needless to say, this movie doesn't work.

Must Love Dogs
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2005

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