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A forty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results.

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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 (84) »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Armenian

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frau mit Hund sucht Mann mit Herz See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,855,321, 31 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,894,863, 30 October 2005
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2.35 : 1
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While at the meat counter in the grocery store, the butcher announces that the special is whole fryers. "Two breasts, two thighs and a wing." Aside from the fact that a whole fryer has more parts, do they really mean only a wing? Are these mutant chickens? Although, it's quite possible, this line was meant as a joke. 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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I Never
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Performed by Rilo Kiley
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Talented actors, appealing premise,uneven script, amateur direction
30 July 2005 | by dan-1272See all my reviews

I was surprised to find that this wasn't 'Must Love Dogs' director Gary David Goldberg's first attempt at film direction and feature screen writing. The steering of his own script adaptation was plodding at best, only made passable by the spirited and professional performances from the stars Diane Lane and John Cusack. Less surprising is the fact that much of Goldberg's experience comes from television comedy. The irregular cadence of the dialog almost leads the audience to listen for a canned laugh track, ironic given one of the character's penchant for poetry.

Additionally, Goldberg should return his directing credentials for allowing the flat and unflattering interior lighting especially inflicted on Lane. The technical direction would have been more appropriate on a three-camera TV set. Feature release of this film amplifies the shortcomings of the vision behind this work.

The sweetness in the film, no doubt, comes from Claire Cook's novel of the same name. Justice should have been paid to the book by assigning a true film director. There were many future-classic one-liners loosely strung together with flat dialog more appropriate to the legend of a map. I doubt this was the result that Lane and Cusack expected from the promising elements at the outset of this project, but no one can fault their admirable attempts to deliver a heart-warming film.


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