Must Love Dogs (2005)


“The best place to meet a guy is at the supermarket. You don’t need to waste a lot of time there, either. You see a guy holding a list, you know he’s married. He’s in the frozen food section carrying a small basket, he’s single. I like to hang out by fruits and vegetables, there’s a better chance of getting a guy who’s healthy.” – Rebecca

Number of Times Seen – 2 (1 May 2006 and 11 Sep 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A recently divorced woman tries to rejoin the dating pool by use of the Internet.

My Take on it – This is a fun rom-com because despite it being a bit dated (pun intended), it still rings true 12 years on.

The anecdotes and adventures that these characters tell us or experience during their various dating experiences work really well and we can truly believe that some of these scenarios are actually genuine.

The chemistry between Diane Lane and John Cusack tho is what makes this film ultimately work so well.

We can easily believe that their characters can meet and hit it off right away.

Since this pretty much fits into a typical rom-com plot flowchart, we pretty much know what will eventually happen, but we still root for them to get together and overcome whatever obstacles come across their paths.

The amount of strange coincidences and happenstance meetings are abundant here, but that’s part of what makes these kind of films fun to watch since it all seems so absurd sometimes.

Loved the character played by Christopher Plummer as a widowed septuagenarian trying to find new love and companionship over and over again.

Bottom Line – This film works mostly due to the amazing chemistry between Cusack and Lane. The anecdotes and adventures that these characters experience during their various dating experiences are quite humorous since they all seem so genuine. As with rom-com’s like this, the vast amount of coincidences in the characters lives and the happenstance meetings help keep things fun despite knowing how far-fetched some of these scenarios can be. Plummer stands out as a widowed septuagenarian who constantly continues to try and find love over and over again. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to director Gary David Goldberg, he gave the script to John Cusack and encouraged him to change any of his character’s dialogue to better suit him. Goldberg was surprised by Cusack’s response, who later sent the director about 35 pages of new dialogue for his character.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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