Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs -  Based on the best-selling book by Claire Cook, and written and directed by two-time Emmy Award winner Gary David Goldberg.

         

My thoughts:
The family dynamics were true to life and the humor taken from real life situations was easy to relate to. It was easy to see yourself or someone you know in the characters and situations in the film. In fact, most of Sarah's dates are based on true stories taken from the filmmakers' circle of friends or their own not-so-distant pasts.

         

Sweet and fun like an enjoyable first date.  I had a good time; lots of laughs and it satisfied that romance movie craving.

Ok, so it wasn't Dr. Zhivago or even the romantic comedy equivalent of Dr. Zhivago. And yes in many ways you could have been watching a Nora Ephron film. And there were elements, which were easy to predict in this film. But if you are anything like me and love dogs, love a love story, are a fan of Diane Lane, Stockard Channing.  Think Christopher Plummer has a certain continental charm and just can't get enough of John Cusack. Well then I predict you'll like this movie.

         

Must Love Dogs is directed by Gary David Goldberg and produced by Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd and Gary David Goldberg from a screenplay by Gary David Goldberg, based on the novel by Claire Cook.  Brad Hall and Ronald G. Smith are executive producers.  Director of photography is John Bailey, A.S.C.; production designer, Naomi Shohan; and editors, Eric Sears, A.C.E., and Roger Bondelli, A.C.E...  Music is by Craig Armstrong.

         

The story:
Sarah soon endures a series of hilariously disastrous mismatches   With the best of intentions and only her happiness in mind, they stage an intervention in an all-out effort to get her out of pajamas and back into the dating scene, one way or another.  Leading the charge are Sarah's sisters, Carol (ELIZABETH PERKINS) and Christine (ALI HILLIS), eager to line up potential suitors, and their widowed father Bill (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER), who sets a fine example with his own recent and very successful foray into the internet dating realm.  Bill has lately been seeing the free-spirited Dolly (STOCKARD CHANNING), whom he met online, along with a number of other ladies whose names his daughters can't quite keep track of.  

         

Eager to launch their sister's own cyber-dating debut, Carol and Christine pretend to be Sarah and post her profile on perfectmatch.com, with the enticing message, "Voluptuous, sensuous, alluring and fun.  DWF seeks special man to share starlit nights.  Must love dogs."  And wait for the responses to pour in.

         

Sarah soon endures a series of hilariously disastrous mismatches and first dates as the website offers up a stream of eager wannabes and one possible maybe - awkward but intriguing boat builder Jake Anderson (JOHN CUSACK), an idealist who measures romance by a Dr. Zhivago standard.  A little on the intense side, Jake might be looking for more than Sarah wants right now.

           

Meanwhile, at work, there's a new distraction - Bob Connor (DERMOT MULRONEY), the newly separated dad of one of her young students. Charming and relaxed, Bob seems made to order, the perfect guy' but is he just too good to be true?

         

Must Love Dogs will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.   Soundtrack album on EPIC/SONY MUSIC SOUNDTRAX.  This film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "sexual content."
www.mustlovedogsmovie.com

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