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Must Love Dogs Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This is a movie of fake conflict, fake heart, even fake doggy love.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Short on dramatic energy, Must Love Dogs settles for a cheerful drone.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A thoroughly conventional romantic comedy with all the usual trimmings.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A breath of fresh air amid the superheroes, aliens and bombastic explosions of summer.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Writer-director Gary David Goldberg's script is full of complex and lively love patter, which Cusack especially rattles off with sometimes breakneck speed.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Cute but predictable -- teen girls may like it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes repeated references to dating, body descriptions ("voluptuous"), and sex, including a couple of scenes in bed, and one in a shower (here the protagonist is naked, her back to the camera, alone and upset), as well as some party drinking. A woman ends up on a blind date with her father. There is some mild profanity. As its focus is Internet dating, the film also shows how it involves performing, deceiving, and self-deluding. A middle-aged woman "chats" with and attracts the attentions of a 15-year-old, whom she sends home immediately.

  • Families can talk about Sarah's family's meddling in her dating business: they mean well, but the film suggests they are pushy too, such that Sarah worries about being single. How is Sarah distracted by her widower father's dating? How is her choice between Bob and Jake reduced to who seems less "scary" to her? How does the Internet affect the ways people interact, in romance and as families?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lying on the Internet to get dates, romantic cheating.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Brief, antic running and falling. A kid gets a bloody nose.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and discussions of Internet dating, some sex scenes, a shot of a woman showering (back to camera).

  • language false3

    Language: Jokey sexual references, one s-word and mild profanity like "damn".

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Generic/fictional coffee shop and Internet sites.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking.