Must Love Dogs

Directed By: Gary David Goldberg Starring: John Cusack Diane Lane

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Must Love Dogs tells the story of Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane), a newly divorced woman cautiously rediscovering romance with the enthusiastic but often misguided help of her well-meaning family. As she braves a series of hilarious disastrous mismatches and first dates, Sarah begins to trust her own instincts again and learns that. no matter what, it's never a good idea to give up on love.


Studio Warner
SKU 202019101
UPC 012569593442
UPC 14 00012569593442
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Romantic Comedy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note John Cusack and Diane Lane star in this romantic comedy titled after a personal ad on the Internet. Eight months after getting divorced, downtrodden preschool teacher Sarah (Lane) is wary of re-entering the dating pool. Seeing her reluctance as a cry for help, Sarah's large, jovial family plans an intervention. While Sarah does not appreciate being bombarded by photographs and phone numbers of potential mates (half of whom are married), even she can see that her most meaningful relationship should not be with her brother's dog--a loveable Newfoundland named Mother Theresa. After Sara answers personal ads with less-than-thrilling results, her sister Carol (Elizabeth Perkins) takes things into her own hands, secretly posting an online-dating profile on Sarah's behalf. In a familiar montage of first-date scenarios, Sarah meets one unappealing prospective bachelor after another: one who can't stop talking about himself, another who can't stop crying, one with an affinity for bondage, etc. But when she meets recently divorced Jake (Cusack), something clicks. While their meeting is somewhat awkward, it makes enough of an impression on Jake that he wants a second chance. From here, the two embark on a clumsy courtship complicated by misunderstandings, mishaps, and another equally charming suitor, Bob (Dermot Mulroney). While doing her best to navigate the unfamiliar world of modern-day romance, Sarah learns that sometimes finding Mr. Right means taking a chance. Christopher Plummer and Stockard Channing are excellent in their respective roles as Sarah's widowed father, Bill, and his new girlfriend (a compulsive Internet-dater) Dolly.
Rolling Stone "It's a frisky romantic comedy with a great title and wonderfully appealing performances." 08/11/2005 p.82
USA Today "DOGS is all about laughs....Raised to a higher level by the presence of John Cusack, an actor who embodies warmth, wit, intelligence and low-key charm." 07/29/2005 p.5E
Gary David Goldberg
John Cusack
Diane Lane
Cast & Crew
Christopher Plummer - Actor
Claire Cook - Based On Novel By
Diane Lane - Actor
Elizabeth Perkins - Actor
Gary David Goldberg - Director
Gary David Goldberg - Screenplay
Gary David Goldberg, et. al. - Producer
John Bailey - Cinematographer
John Cusack - Actor
Naomi Shohan - Production Designer
Polly Cohen - Executive Producer
Roger Bondelli, et. al. - Editor
Ryan Adams, et. al. - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 59344
UPC 00012569593442
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Must Love Dogs is a product - a pre-packaged, easily-digestible motion picture designed with one particular audience in mind. You know the kind of film. You have seen it before, usually with names like Nancy Myers or Nora & Delia Ephron involved. Those with ovaries have a better chance of appreciating Must Love Dogs than those with testicles. For some members of the latter group, sitting through this will be akin to having those organs trodden upon. Must Love Dogs is bland and forgettable - a romantic comedy with affable characters and some funny lines, but where love never really takes flight. It fizzles when it should sizzle.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Must Love Dogs is like a puppy with big brown eyes and a wagging tail who weeps with eagerness to lick your hand, but you take a look around the pound and decide to adopt the sad-eyed beagle who looks as if she has seen a thing or two. In dogs, as in love stories, it is better to choose wisdom over infatuation.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Lane,Diane
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
Gene Shalit, Today Diane Lane and John Cusack are irresistible.
Mike Sargent, WBAI The best romantic comedy since When Harry Met Sally.
Francine Brokaw, Los Angeles Family Magazine Four paws up! Absolutely adorable!
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