Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs
Must Love Dogs
  • PG-13
  • 1h 38m
  • 2005
Rotten36%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Divorced and dateless for two years, 37-year-old Sarah Hurlihy (Diane Lane - Unfaithful, The Perfect Storm) sets out to change her single status when she bravely answers an online Personals ad. Instead of Mr. Right, Sarah experiences the ultimate nightmare when her would-be date turns out to be her widower father (Christopher Plummer - The Insider)! Sarah's sister Carol (Elizabeth Perkins - The Ring Two) convinces Sarah to post her own ad and include the words "Must Love Dogs," although Sarah does not own a dog. The posting produces many responses, forcing Sarah to borrow her brother's dog, Mother Teresa. Now Sarah is juggling her job as a preschool teacher, her interfering family, and more men than she can handle. But can Sarah's family back off long enough to avoid scaring all of these men away in the charming romantic comedy Must Love Dogs?

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten36%
Critics Consensus: Despite good work from its likable leads, the romantic comedy Must Love Dogs is too predictable.
Reviews
BBC.com
Neil Smith
Rotten

Cusack in particular seems to have embellished his role with an assortment of verbal quirks that s...

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Rotten

John Cusack and Diane Lane need to put out personal ads saying, 'Must have screenplay.'

March 13, 2019
Salon.com
Stephanie Zacharek
Rotten

It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it.

March 13, 2019
Seattle Times
Moira MacDonald
Fresh

As fantasies go, you could do a lot worse.

March 13, 2019
San Francisco Chronicle
Rotten

The film gets more tepid as it goes along and ultimately just drifts off.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
Common Sense Says
Cute but predictable -- teen girls may like it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes repeated references to dating, body descriptions ("voluptuous"), and sex, including a couple of scenes in bed, and one in a shower (here the protagonist is naked, her back to the camera, alone and upset), as well as some party drinking. A woman ends up on a blind date with her father. There is some mild profanity. As its focus is Internet dating, the film also shows how it involves performing, deceiving, and self-deluding. A middle-aged woman "chats" with and attracts the attentions of a 15-year-old, whom she sends home immediately.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:July 29, 2005
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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