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Must Love Dogs (2005)

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

Writers:

Claire Cook (novel), Gary David Goldberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Lane ... Sarah
John Cusack ... Jake
Elizabeth Perkins ... Carol
Christopher Plummer ... Bill
Dermot Mulroney ... Bob
Stockard Channing ... Dolly
Ali Hillis ... Christine
Brad William Henke ... Leo
Julie Gonzalo ... June
Glenn Howerton ... Michael
Ben Shenkman ... Charlie
Jordana Spiro ... Sherry
Kirk Trutner ... Deli Guy
Victor Webster ... Eric
Michael Spound ... Marc
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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 (79) »

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The hardest trick is making them stay.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The "sticks" that the kids hop through in the beginning of the movie is a traditional Filipino dance. Tinikling is a dance where the sticks actually open and close to the beat of the music and dancers step through them gracefully. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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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References Love Story (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Knew
Written and Performed by Vinnie Zummo
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User Reviews

 
I'll keep the dog
15 January 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Pairing attractive actors with cute dogs is something Hollywood loves to present, again, and again. This is a film that has that "cute factor" written all over it. Fortunately, we caught it in the form of a borrowed DVD, never having the stomach to spend full price on this formula comedy.

Director Gary David Goldberg's take on this situation doesn't bring anything new. The film is harmless enough not to offend anyone, but in retrospect, one has to wonder why was the film made in the first place? Poor Diane Lane, she keeps showing up in these inane comedies that don't do anything for her. She is a beautiful woman who could do better, but whoever is advising her keeps steering her in the wrong direction, unfortunately. Ditto for John Cusack. One wonders what attracted actors of the stature of Christopher Plummer and Stockard Channing to appear in a movie that will certainly not add anything in their C.V.s.

The cute Newfoundland puppies that were used in the movie should have been given more opportunities to show their talents.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Armenian

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Must Love Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,855,321, 31 July 2005

Gross USA:

$43,894,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,231,520
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2.35 : 1
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