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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
John Cusack
Diane Lane
Dermot Mulroney
Stockard Channing
Dermot Mulroney
Elizabeth Perkins.
Directors
Gary David Goldberg.
Screenwriters
Gary David Goldberg.
Running Time
98 minutes

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Must Love Dogs
If you love dogs, you're probably a reliable lover ...er...apparently


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Plot
Sarah Nolan (Lane) is a recently divorced, forty-something preschool teacher. Her nosey family are constantly trying to set her up with new boyfriends, and eventually enroll her on a dating website, citing the condiotion "must love dogs" in her ad. Someone responds, but she doesn't actually own a dog...


Review
Chick-lit becomes chick-flick, bringing together both the best and worst of both genres as recently divorced Sarah (Diane Lane) tries to find Mr. Right thanks to a family intervention that involves posting her dating profile online against her will. All the usual suspects are here — the cad (Dermot Mulroney), the gay best friend, the embarrassing family members (including Oirish dad Christopher Plummer) and, of course, the true love (John Cusack).

But such a ludicrous array of obstacles are placed along the path to happiness that it becomes almost as annoying as Lane’s predictive acting technique — just watch her face BEFORE each dramatic incident. If only the whole script had been as sharp as some of Cusack’s caustic one-liners, then this might have appealed to more than just the Chardonnay brigade.


Verdict
Less than crowd-pleasing chick flick livened up by John Cusack’s self-penned one-liners.


Reviewed by Emma Cochrane

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Funny and Cute!

A 40 something preschool teacher finds herself newly divorced and being forced back into the dating world by her pushy but loving family. Unwittingly her sister signs her up to a dating website so she goes along for the ride. A sweet, funny movie with no real hidden depths or deep and meaningful storyline. It is what it says on the tin! That being said it is enjoyable. Average acting for a pretty average film. ... More

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I thought Cusak was flat and really pretty dull in this film.  I didn't enjoy it at all.  Predictable romance fluff. ... More

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Posted by lulu karma at 21:56, 30 July 2006 | Report This Post


The film isn't great but then again you can't hate a film with John Cusack in it. ... More

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