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Must Love Dogs
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Starring: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Perkins, Stockard Channing
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
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Kiddie Movie: They'd be bored.
Date Movie: She was the who will drag you to it.
Gratuitous Sex: Some nice pushing up of Sarah's boobies and Jake and Sarah almost get it on only one thing is missing.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: A chase scene for a condom.
Laughs: Lots of chuckles.
Memorable Scene: The chase for a condom which was predictable, yet I still laughed.
Memorable Quote: Jake to Sarah:  "I love Carol."  Jake, so do I.
Directed By: Gary David Goldberg
Produced By: Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Gary David Goldberg

Must Love Dogs
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:38 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 hot lady.

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!! L8R!!!


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