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Must Love Dogs (2005)

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


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


Preschool teacher Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane), 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 (Elizabeth Perkins), 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 (Christopher Plummer), who is exploring dating ... Written by Huggo

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dating | dog | teacher | date | blind date | See All (79) »


The hardest trick is making them stay.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The dog "Mother Theresa" was played by two six-month old Newfoundland puppies named Molly (who did most of the work) and Maeve (who performed the water scene) Both of whom appeared at the end of movie together. Writer, producer, and director Gary David Goldberg adopted both puppies at the end of filming. See more »


Jake commented that nobody would remake Doctor Zhivago, yet it had already been remade as Doctor Zhivago. It has been remade again as Doktor Zhivago. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Robot Chicken: Metal Militia (2006) See more »


Written by Ramin Sakurai, Geri Sariano-Lightwood and Noel Truick
Performed by Supreme Beings of Leisure
Courtesy of Palm Pictures
By Arrangement with Big Sounds International
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Surprsingly cute, I've seen this type of movie before, but it was very charming and sweet
15 July 2007 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I wasn't too interested in seeing Must Love Dogs, it didn't seem very unique or like the type of film that I like. It's rare that I get into a heavy chick flick, they're usually too sappy for me, but Must Love Dogs had a certain appeal to it. Yeah, it was a bit predictable, but it still had some moments that were really funny and a lot of things that we could all relate too in this complicated world of dating. Dianne and John had great chemistry and looked so great together and the story was very decent.

Sarah is a divorced woman who's family is just pressuring her like crazy to go out and start dating again. They keep setting her up with men, but nothing works until her sister puts a profile up on a website of Sarah, after horrible date after horrible date, she finally meets Jake. Anothe divorced man who is absolutely caught by Sarah's vulnerability, but she's not ready for him yet until she realizes maybe that he is what she should be looking for in life.

Must Love Dogs is great because it has comedy, romance, and just some very fun moments. I loved how she accidentally met her father through the dating ad's, that was a great scene seeing that awkwardness between them. I loved the beginning of where and how you can meet people. This is just a fun little movie to watch, I would recommend it if you're looking for a cute film to watch for the afternoon.


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English | Armenian

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,855,321, 31 July 2005

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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