Must Love Dogs – Filtered

Theatrical Release: July 29, 2005
DVD Release: December 20, 2005
Must Love Dogs – Filtered


In this comedy, newly divorced Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) is a 40-something woman who dreads the thought of re-entering the dating scene. But her persistent family has other ideas and creates an online personal ad informing men that Sarah is voluptuous and that any man of hers must love dogs. Sarah finally gives in and agrees to arrange dates with some of the men. After a series of horrible mismatches, Sarah seems smitten with two men: a newly divorced father of one of Sarah’s students (Dermot Mulroney) and a down-to-earth boat builder (John Cusack). Sarah’s widowed father (Christopher Plummer) tries his hand at online dating, too, with surprising results. Sarah discovers, after sleeping with one of the men, that she made a horrible decision. Her father has a chance meeting with the other man, which convinces her to find what she has been looking for all along.

Dove Review

“Must Love Dogs” is a cute movie about the difficulty of meeting and dating people later in life. The story was good and the acting was decent, but the content left quite a bit to be desired. The lead character is a divorcee who ends up sleeping with two guys during the movie (implied). Her family tries to set her up with multiple guys, some of whom are married and willing to have an affair. Another aspect of the movie is an openly gay couple who are highlighted as having a strong, healthy, model relationship.

Unfortunately, simply being a dog lover is not really a reason to watch this movie. With so many moral issues on the line, this movie is not approved by Dove.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None
Sex: A man and woman kissing, man and woman in bed together after implied sex.
Language: A-1.
Violence: None
Drugs: A woman drinking wine and people drinking champagne, and a guy drinks beer.
Nudity: A woman in bathtub with bubbles-we see her upper chest, low cut dresses with cleavage, man with bare chest, guy in underwear.
Other: None


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Claire Cook (novel), Gary David Goldberg (screenplay)
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 98 min.
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor