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Sarah is a preschool teacher who is pushed into the dating scene by her family. They post information about her on an internet dating site and wait for the responses to pour in. The website offers a lot of wannabes and one possible maybe.
Comedy Romantic - This is a romantic comedy distinctly pitched at women, particularly
older ones. However, couples of all ages should find it appropriate
date material. Fans of John Cusack may be disappointed as his role
is rather small.
PROFANITY: 1 S=word, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some clothed sexy dancing and sex-related humor. VIOLENCE: One scene where a kid gets accidentally hit in the nose. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol drinking. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Verbal and physical humor; kid humor; sex-related humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average 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.
Roger EbertFull Review Average '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.
USA TodayFull Review Good The romantic comedy Must Love Dogs is a breath of fresh air amid the superheroes, aliens and bombastic explosions of summer. Much as I hate the term — and very often the genre itself — it's a bona fide chick flick.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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We collected 274 moviegoer opinions. Outstanding Opinions! All ages, both male and female, LOVED "Must Love Dogs." Over half rated it "Excellent" or "Fantastic," which is very high. Most of the remaining half rated it "Very Good," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. DON'T MISS "MUST LOVE DOGS."
Guys, take your lady to see "Must Love Dogs." Both of you will enjoy it very much so it's the perfect date movie.
Dating has never been easy. The time-honored search for a soul mate has always been one part humiliation, two parts aggravation, and a little blind luck thrown in for the fortunate.
Today's version of the game can be a blur of websites, speed lunches and hordes of friends and relatives who know just the "right" person for you.
Thirty-something preschool teacher Sarah Nolan (DIANE LANE) has been divorced for eight months, which is much too long for her family to bear. With the best of intentions and only her happiness in mind, they stage an intervention in an all-out effort to get her out of pajamas and back into the dating scene, one way or another. Leading the charge are Sarah's sisters, Carol (ELIZABETH PERKINS) and Christine (ALI HILLIS), eager to line up potential suitors, and their widowed father Bill (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER), who sets a fine example with his own recent and very successful foray into the internet dating realm. Bill has lately been seeing the free-spirited Dolly (STOCKARD CHANNING), whom he met online, along with a number of other ladies whose names his daughters can't quite keep track of.
Eager to launch their sister's own cyber-dating debut, Carol and Christine pretend to be Sarah and post her profile on perfectmatch.com, with the enticing message, "Voluptuous, sensuous, alluring and fun. DWF seeks special man to share starlit nights. Must love dogs." And wait for the responses to pour in.
Sarah soon endures a series of hilariously disastrous mismatches and first dates as the website offers up a stream of eager wannabes and one possible maybe - awkward but intriguing boat builder Jake Anderson (JOHN CUSACK), an idealist who measures romance by a Dr. Zhivago standard. A little on the intense side, Jake might be looking for more than Sarah wants right now. Meanwhile, at work, there's a new distraction - Bob Connor (DERMOT MULRONEY), the newly separated dad of one of her young students. Charming and relaxed, Bob seems made to order, the perfect guy…but is he just too good to be true?