Must Love Dogs
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||Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot
Mulroney, Elizabeth Perkins, Stockard Channing
||They'd be bored.
||She was the who
will drag you to it.
||Some nice pushing
up of Sarah's boobies and Jake and Sarah almost get it on
only one thing is missing.
||A chase scene for
||Lots of chuckles.
||The chase for a
condom which was predictable, yet I still laughed.
||Jake to Sarah:
"I love Carol." Jake, so do I.
Jennifer Todd, Gary David Goldberg
Look, I like to say that for the most part Iím manís man.
No, not that kind of manís man, Iím talking about the fact
that I drink beer, am pretty good with power tools, and if I
took apart my car engine I could probably get it back
together with only a few parts left over. That, and I like
dudettes. But I have to admit that I can like a good
romantic comedy, especially when it stays away from being
overly schmaltzy. Needless to say I liked "Must Love Dogs,"
and Iím not saying that just because I find Diane Lane one
Must Love Dogs
A Movie Review
Pretty much the story is that Diane Lane is Sarah. She
teaches pre-school and is recently divorced. Jake, also
newly divorced, builds boats that nobody seems to buy, and
he is played by John Cusack. Sarahís family seemed fixed on
getting Sarah back into the dating game, Jakeís friend
Charlie (Ben Shenkman) just wants Jake to quit watching "Dr.
Zhivago" and get laid, at least for now, so we get lots of
friends and family intermingling in the personal lives of
Jake and Sarah. Well, the intermingling takes to the
internet as Sarahís sister lists Sarah on a dating site, and
Charlie goes and sets up Jake on a date with Sarah, whose
online profile says that she is voluptuous and her suitors
must love dogs. So our couple meets, with Jake being more of
a spazz, kinda scaring Sarah away, but even though their
initial meeting didnít go that well, they both felt some
kind of connection. Enter a wrinkle, namely Bob (Dermot
Mulroney). Bob is the father of one of Sarahís students, and
he too, is on the way to divorceville, and even though the
divorce is supposedly because of Bobís messing around, Sarah
is attracted to him as well.
So yea, you can guess what is going to happen, especially
if you saw the trailer: Sarah and Jake really start to hit
it off, Jake thinks things are going well until he sees
Sarah and Bob together, eventually Jake and Sarah are
miserable without each other, and then they get together.
Look, the story doesnít stray much from the standard
romantic comedy way of doing things, but this movie works
because of Diane Lane and John Cusack, Lane playing the
insecure Sarah pretty much perfectly and Cusackís acting
with the "talking too much but somehow getting the right
words out even though he didnít mean it but then saying the
wrong thing even though he doesnít mean it" dude he has
played in previous films, working just as well if not
better. The wacky family antics of Sarahís family also fit
in most of the time.
If you like a decent romantic comedy, you wonít go wrong
with "Must Love Dogs." Thereís a lot of fun, they keep the
script from being overly gooey and lovey-dovey, and I had a
good time. I know there arenít any surprises, no strange
twist, no overly-weepy "why canít they realize that they are
meant to be with each other" moment, but sometimes there
doesnít need to be. I just liked the dialogue, and it
doesnít hurt having Diane Lane on the screen, wearing an
outfit that Sarah tells Jake her sister, Carol, made her
wear, with Jake replying "I love Carol." I love Carol as
well. 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "I Love Dogs."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!