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Must Love Dogs

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cute but predictable -- teen girls may like it.

Movie PG-13 2005 98 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Too cute!

Pretty good movie! It took me while to actually see this movie as I'm not a huge chick flick fan because they always turn out the same. However, yes this was predictable but it was also fun. I thought I'd only last about half of it but ended up watching it all! I admire John Cusack, he is such a wonderful actor. Diane Lane was refreshing (if you want to see her younger as a teen watch The Outsiders!) The film is an upbeat romantic comedy with plenty of laughs, but not much dog stuff which I was hoping for. Language is pretty mild. Sexual content is quite frequent but nothing extreme - lots of dating scenes, dating sites, talking about dating, kissing, a couple search for a condom and end up driving to several stores but then change their minds about going to bed, scene of a revealing cleavage shown in a skimpy dress, lots of relationship talk...etc. No real violence to worry about. I'll be watching this one again soon!

This title has:

Too much sex
age 13+
I enjoyed the movie. It was kind of predictable but that can be comforting sometimes. Use your discretion as a parent before allowing your teen to view it. J.E.N.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Burdened by a familiar premise (Internet daters are desperate), MUST LOVE DOGS constrains its excellent performers. Sarah wants most to avoid the fate of one of her father's girlfriends, the dazzling Dolly (Stockard Channing). She sees the Internet as a new horizon ("It's part fantasy, part community," she gushes, "And it lets you pay your bills naked"), but thinks again when she meets in person one of "chat" partners, a 15-year-old boy who's developed a serious crush on her.

Perhaps because he's so young, this kid has conviction, though he duly leaves when instructed ("Do your homework," says Dolly has she loads him in a cab). Sarah's route to her relationship is more roundabout, even though Jake is obviously the right choice. Cusack's refreshingly odd physical and verbal rhythms only make you want to see more of him. And why does Jake spend even a minute with the nubile, cheap-joke-in-a miniskirt Sherry (Jordana Spiro)? He's so obviously Sarah's right choice that the rest of the movie looks like wheel-spinning.

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