Puppy Love
Must Love Dogs
Review Review by Ross Anthony

Light, funny, always amusing, This is a romantic comedy without much more point than to be a romantic comedy.

Diane Lane has in the past, given some great performances. Here, she is merely average. Fortunately, this mediocre acting is easy to forgive or even overlook all together, because, well, she is so absolutely gorgeous.

John Cusack, on the other hand, not so pretty, but strong in acting, great comedic timing, a charmer. His character is also very likeable, but how is it that this guy can build boats all day without selling them and still eat? I guess we're left to assume he's made his millions.

"Must Love Dogs" should have been called "DWF." Dogs are only a small part, whereas, dating is everything. More specifically, the film enjoys playing possibilities off of the online dating scene.

It's actually a pretty sharply written script in the dialogue department and (toward that end) executed nicely. But the chemistry element wanes, and the heart element is nearly absent. Still, for the most part, good clean fun and it'll keep a smile on your face for an hour and a half.

Again Kudos to Cusack, his character stands out as pretty much the only one with depth, and even passion. Quite apparently, he injected much into the stock script character.


  • Must Love Dogs. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney.
  • Directed by Gary David Goldberg.
  • Screenplay by Gary David Goldberg. Based on the book by Claire Cook.
  • Produced by Gary David Goldberg, Suzanne and Jenn Todd at Warner Bros.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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