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Must Love Dogs (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Diane Lane , John Cusack , Gary David Goldberg  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Perkins, Stockard Channing
  • Directors: Gary David Goldberg
  • Writers: Gary David Goldberg
  • Producers: Gary David Goldberg, Jennifer Todd
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BNX3B4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Must Love Dogs (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Additional scenes with optional commentary
  • Pass the beef gag reel
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Must Love Dogs tells the story of Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane), a newly divorced woman cautiously rediscovering romance with the enthusiastic but often misguided help of her well-meaning family. As she braves a series of hilarious disastrous mismatches and first dates, Sarah begins to trust her own instincts again and learns that. no matter what, it's never a good idea to give up on love.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Diane Lane plays a believable 40 yr old pre-school teacher, Sarah Nolan, who recently got divorced. She is receiving all kinds of help and suggestions for finding a date from her two sisters, three brothers, widower dad, and even an elderly Aunt. Sarah resists all of their efforts until Sarah's sister completes an Internet Dating service questionairre on her behalf. She describes Sarah as "voluptuous" and also adds the sentence "must love dogs". The only photo she has of Sarah is her graduation pic which she places on the site. In the meantime, Sarah is also introduced to the dad of one of her students who is handsome, Italian-looking, and with whom Sarah exchanges compliments. There is obvious chemistry between them but Sarah made a vow which she intends to keep to never to date one of her student's dads. Yet, she develops a crush on him. The real comedy starts when Sarah answers one of the 18 voice messages she receives on the computer dating service. She agrees to meet with Jake, played by John Cusack. They meet at a park for walking dogs, each of them had "borrowed" a dog for the occasion. The lines they exchange as they check each other out are hilarious ... Their first date to an ethnic Armenian restaurant is fabulous and so realistic. The conversation between them is great and memorable. Other amusing moments in the film are when Jake and his lawyer friend are watching "Doctor Zhivago" at home, discussing its merits related to modern dating. Just the fact of two guys viewing Doctor Zhivago ... when neither of them has a date is amusing and their rating it as the ideal romantic film is highly ironic.

This film is laughing out loud funny as it mimics real world ironies on many levels for adult dating, whether divorced, single, or widowers, the film works for them all.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must love.....LOVE! January 21, 2006
By Larry C
Format:DVD
I happened to glance at a few reviews posted here and I must say I'm shocked that they are so ascerbic. What did you expect from a romantic comedy Dr. Zhivago! (If you see the movie you will apreciate my comment). I'll make it simple for you if you now find yourself at this review and are trying to decide if you should buy or rent this movie. Well I suggest you buy it because as they say once in not enough. Diane Lane will positively blow you away with her charm, grace, style, warmth, and ability to deliver quick staccato peppery dialogue. She is wonderfully appealing and is easily one of the best actresses out there today. Yes cudos go to those around her but it's the divine Miss Lane who runs away with this one. She has that ability to reach out through the screen and pull you into her life. Calling it acting would be an injustice to her craft. She makes her character a living, breathing, touching life that makes you want to hug her and hold her close and say......I'm sorry that husband of yours ever caused you to cry. You deserve better....you deserve love.....you deserve happiness....hell.....you even deserve a Golden Globe! Run.....don't walk.....and get it today. It's a keeper!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good but still simple stuff, of course August 17, 2005
You just can't help loving "Must Love Dogs," at least if you like anything in the situation-romance genre. It's well-acted, well-photographed, and has a really excellent, witty, screenplay.

You've seen the story before, alas, and that's why I took 2 stars off the top. Diane Lane and John Cusack do credible performances as recent divorcees whose meddling families and friends are always trying to set them up. After the usual fumbling and bumbling and misconstrued circumstances, of course they hook up. On the way, they have some interesting dates (that clever screenplay including Lane answering an ad from her own father and Dr. Zhivago-adoring Cusack going out with a cinema-hating bubblehead).

Ah, the dogs. Lane ends up with her brother's adorable Newfie Dog, a loving gentle giant named "Mother Theresa." Both ladies have some fear issues to deal with.

The best part of the film is the supporting cast. Christopher Plummer is pure genius as Lane's widower Irish father with more dates than her. And Stockard Channing is one of those dates, a preternaturally wise trailer-trash-type who is almost dead of too much Santa Fe style.

Yes, a nice romantic little film and better than most in a somewhat tired-out genre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Diane Lane is Charming January 13, 2007
Format:DVD
I agree 300% with spotlight reviewer, Michael Acuna. And I will add that this is neither the best nor the worst film you have ever seen. A classic, though slow, chick flick, MUST LOVE DOGS is comforting to watch for one reason: the indescribable charm of Diane Lane.

Another version of the 'You Have Mail' Internet-dating movie, MUST LOVE DOGS is predictable in terms of plot. But that hardly matters. The point in watching this film is to indulge in a sweet cast of familiar faces including John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Swoosie Kurtz and of course, Diane Lane.

A divorced 40-something with all the confidence, wisdom and wrinkles that come with age, Lane is Sarah, a pre-school teacher, reluctantly tossed back into the dating pool by her sister, played by Perkins.

Though she is far more beautiful than your average 40-something, here Lane succeeds in conveying the every-woman qualities that will appeal to ladies of all ages. Vulnerable, strong, gorgeous, nervous, hopeful and suspicious, Lane's Sarah is the kind of woman every girl can relate to and every real man would love.

-- Regina McMenamin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Transaction/Satisfaction
I bought this particular movie, having viewed it twice before, because I wanted it to be a part of my 'collection of Favorites'! Read more
Published 5 days ago by M. Brower
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Lots of actual adult, witty dialogue.
Great movie with compelling co-stars that have lots of screen magic. Anyone with a big family recognizes the dialogue. Great support cast lead by Christopher Plummer. Read more
Published 6 days ago by James H. Adair
3.0 out of 5 stars I love dogs
Sweet movie. Upbeat. No violence. I enjoyed it. Good actors, nice theme. Diane Lane is excellent in it as is John Cusak.
Published 14 days ago by A Few Of My Favorite Things
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
The storyline is uncomplicated: divorcees seeking a new start when the field of likely companions is low. What is engaging here is the quest for the genuine. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Harold J. Diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars "Must Love Dogs" is a winner
Absolutely delightful movie, even if you aren't a pet owner. Diane Lane and John Cusack make an adorable couple..... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Carole A. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming
Okay, so, total chick flick but very charming. Maybe a night with the girls, lots of talk, talk, talk and a good bottle of wine.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Bigelow
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
I think that John Cusack is very funny. But the movie was very fast moving, the lighting was not my favorite, and the ending was really embarrassing to me.
Published 1 month ago by sarah elisa sauls
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Love Dogs a delightful movie
I was replacing a coy that had become damaged..too much of a good movie not to be able to re-watch it.
Published 1 month ago by John C. Sterling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Enjoyed this on a snow day in with my significant other. I can't believe that I have never seen it before. I love the actors and dogs!
Published 1 month ago by Luv2Read
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
I LOVE Diane Lane and John Cussack in this movie! Wonderful acting, characters and writing! The humor is great, you fall in love with the characters and it's just a fun... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Denise Benson
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