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Must Love Dogs (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 29 July 2005 (USA)
A forty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results.

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Preschool teacher Sarah Nolan, divorced for eight months, is still grieving the end of her marriage. Although she didn't see it as being perfect, she probably would have stuck it out as what she saw as the "for better or worse" obligation of the wedding vows, that is if her ex-husband, Kevin, didn't end it for what ended up being leaving her for a younger woman. She is urged by her over-supportive family, comprised of her many siblings, their partners, and her widowed father, to get back into the dating scene, something she has been reluctant to do in not feeling ready. As such, her most proactive sister in the matter, Carol, sets her up on an Internet dating site. Within her less than prepared state, Sarah does go along with meeting men by the means offered to her. Beyond especially her female siblings, Sarah is given unique perspectives on the whole issue of dating and commitment by her father, Bill, who is exploring dating after losing who was the love of his life in Sarah's mother... Written by Huggo

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dating | dog | teacher | date | blind date | See All (80) »

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The hardest trick is making them stay.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Frau mit Hund sucht Mann mit Herz  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,855,321 (USA) (29 July 2005)

Gross:

$43,894,863 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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John Cusack also works with Bobby Coleman (Austin, Sarah's student) in "The Martian Child." See more »

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When the character Sarah is looking at the pictures on the refrigerator and asks who the man in the magazine page is, the pictures are in a staggered line. When the camera cuts back to her for her line "Dad's giving up idea sounds intriguing.." the pictures are more widely spaced and the picture of the man and woman is below the others. When the character Mark places his photos of men who are separated from their wives, the photos are back in the staggered line again. See more »

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Rebecca: The best place to meet a guy is at the supermarket. You don't need to waste a lot of time there, either. You see a guy holding a list, you know he's married. He's in the frozen food section carrying a small basket, he's single. I like to hang out by fruits and vegetables, there's a better chance of getting a guy who's healthy.
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During the credits, two Newfoundlands are shown, with the following caption: "No animals were harmed during the filming of this movie. Though we were petted within an inch of our lives." See more »


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Written by Glen Ballard and Susie Suh
Performed by Susie Suh
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Entertainment
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Just saw it and loved it
29 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read the reviews before I went (both pro and con), and I was reminded that often professional reviewers forget that movies are supposed to entertain, and this movie did this for me. Indeed, the familiar clichés that some of the critics derided are just what makes the movie a delightful diversion. Yes, it is much of what the reviewers said, but John Cusack and Diane Lane were just great to watch play their parts. Just because they've played these types of characters before doesn't mean that the movie is bad, to me it means that the characters they play so easily are enjoyable to watch. It was a people movie (no exploding cars, etc. although there are times I like that too). I particularly like romantic comedies, and I will buy this movie the day it comes out on DVD. I might even take a date to it before then. The heart of the characters (not the quirky details) are really worth the ticket.


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