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Writers (WGA):
Claire Cook (novel)
Gary David Goldberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 July 2005 (USA) See more »
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The hardest trick is making them stay.
Plot:
A forty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Flawed, but enjoyable See more (266 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Diane Lane ... Sarah

John Cusack ... Jake

Elizabeth Perkins ... Carol

Christopher Plummer ... Bill

Dermot Mulroney ... Bob

Stockard Channing ... Dolly

Ali Hillis ... Christine

Brad William Henke ... Leo

Julie Gonzalo ... June

Glenn Howerton ... Michael

Ben Shenkman ... Charlie

Jordana Spiro ... Sherry

Kirk Trutner ... Deli Guy

Victor Webster ... Eric

Michael Spound ... Marc

Will McCormack ... Jason

Ted Griffin ... Bill Jr.

Marylouise Burke ... Aunt Eileen

Brad Hall ... Stanley

Bobby Coleman ... Austin

Emma Prescott ... Molly

Jaden Sorensen ... Justin

Will Rothhaar ... Jeremy

Tony Bill ... Walter

Patrick St. Esprit ... Marshall

Josh Stamberg ... Lennie

Anoush NeVart ... Mrs. Parseghian (as Anoush Nevart)
Krikor Satamian ... Mr. Parseghian

Jon Lindstrom ... Peter

Patrick Fabian ... Donald

Steve Schirripa ... Vinnie (as Steven R. Schirripa)

Bess Wohl ... Rebecca

Laura Kightlinger ... Marcia

Rubria Negrao ... Sonia (as Rubria Martins-Negrao)

Colin Egglesfield ... David

Suzy Nakamura ... Mai

Jamie Denbo ... Bertha
Miles Hull ... Timmy
Amy Kidd ... Jennifer
Ted Detwiler ... Boat Guy

Kate McClafferty ... Coxswain

Shana Hiatt ... Hostess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mary Anne McGarry ... Older Woman (scenes deleted)

Mary Castro ... Stripper (uncredited)

Julie Dretzin ... Patrice (uncredited)

Michelle Fabiano ... Bill Jr.'s Wife (uncredited)

Darrell Geer ... Man in Canoe (uncredited)

Trevor Stevens ... Ryan (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary David Goldberg 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Claire Cook (novel)

Gary David Goldberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Duane A. Dahl .... consulting producer
Gary David Goldberg .... producer
Brad Hall .... executive producer
Julie Ragland .... associate producer
Ronald G. Smith .... executive producer
Jennifer Todd .... producer
Suzanne Todd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Craig Armstrong 
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roger Bondelli 
Eric A. Sears 
 
Casting by
Joanna Colbert 
 
Production Design by
Naomi Shohan 
 
Art Direction by
Kevin Kavanaugh 
 
Set Decoration by
Kathryn Peters 
 
Costume Design by
Florence-Isabelle Megginson 
Gamila Smith 
 
Makeup Department
Jane Galli .... makeup department head
Rose Librizzi .... key makeup artist
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hair department head (as Gail Ryan)
Laurel Van Dyke .... hair stylist
Leah Vautrot .... makeup artist
Candy L. Walken .... hair stylist: Ms. Lane
Denise Wynbrandt .... hair stylist: Mr. Cusack
Denise Wynbrandt .... makeup artist: Mr. Cusack
Patty York .... makeup artist: Ms. Lane
 
Production Management
Ilyse Reutlinger .... post-production supervisor (as Ilyse A. Reutlinger)
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production
Ronald G. Smith .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paula Case .... second assistant director
K.C. Colwell .... first assistant director
Craig Comstock .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Ayala .... set dresser
Jason Bartolone .... gangboss
Leslee Burdette .... set dressing assistant
Gina B. Cranham .... set designer
Judson Crowder .... set dresser
Dupree Dial .... set dresser
Ryan P. Dreyer .... set dresser
Mariano Fernandez .... prop maker
Rob Garlow .... construction general supervisor
Joey Genitempo .... set painter
William Gideon .... construction foreman
Donald Goodman .... drapery foreman
Tom Hrupcho .... paint supervisor
Scott Lafferty .... gangboss
Jim Meyer .... prop maker
Laura M. O'Brien .... set decorating buyer
June Okada .... art department staff assistant
Joe Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Hope M. Parrish .... property master
Roger Prater .... greens stand-by
Micah Roehr .... propmaker
David Scheid .... art department intern
Clint Schultz .... graphic designer
Josh Sheppard .... storyboard artist
Nathan A. Smith .... set dresser
Andrew 'Pinky' Swartsel .... set dresser
Sally Thornton .... set designer
Kathleen Walker .... art department coordinator
Heather L. Watson .... co-leadman
Steve 'O' Watson .... set dresser
Thomas 'Noe' Welch .... set dresser
Fante Zamora .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Bob Beher .... sound editor
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound effects editor
David Donaldson .... sound programmer
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Kevin Globerman .... digital recordist
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
Mark Johnston .... sound recordist
David Kelson .... sound mixer
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist
Mark Moseley .... custom looping
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Kelly Oxford .... dialogue supervisor
Tom Ozanich .... sound effects editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Bud Raymond .... utility sound technician
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Jon Title .... sound effects editor
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Porrello .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Marangoni .... special effects foreman
Phil Notaro .... special effects director
 
Visual Effects by
Kent Demaine .... interactive technlogy design: Black Box Digital
Hong Kim .... digital artist: Digital Dream
Monty Phillips .... visual effects coordinator: Digital Dream
Corinne Pooler .... visual effects producer: Digital Dream
Jerry Pooler .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Dream
Liz Radley .... computer graphics supervisor
Alfredo Ramirez .... digital compositor
Marco Recuay .... compositor
David Watkinson .... computer artist
Chris B. Schnitzer .... visual effects production supervisor: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator
Patrick Kelly .... stunts
Deborah L. Mazor .... stunts (as Debbi Mazor)
Michelle Sebek .... stunts
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Sonny Tipton .... stunts
Darlene Ava Williams .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claudette Barius .... still photographer
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Brad Boyer .... best boy
Brad Boyer .... grip
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera
Calvin Callaway .... key camera production assistant
Brian Cantrell .... light board operator
Alejandro J. Castillo .... rigging best boy
Jason Cochard .... camera production assistant
Jerry C. Deats .... key rigging grip
Sean Devine .... dolly grip
Tulio Duenas .... film loader
Paul J. Giacalone .... grip
Sam Griffin .... set lighting technician
Chris Hill .... video playback operator
Alan Jacoby .... film loader: additional photography
Jeffrey A. Johnson .... best boy grip
Pete Johnson .... rigging grip
Matthew Moriarty .... camera operator (as Matt Moriarty)
Mike Moyer .... chief lighting technician
John O'Neil .... assistant chief lighting technician
Georgia Packard .... camera operator
Chris Pavlu .... set lighting technician
Mark Reeves .... set lighting technician
Aaron Richards .... set lighting technician (as Arron Richards)
Eric Roizman .... camera operator
Randy Tambling .... key grip
Suzanne Trucks .... second assistant camera
Gordon Hayes .... rigging gaffer electric (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Chad Darnell .... extras casting
Rich Mento .... casting associate (as Richard Mento)
Jocelyn E. Thomas .... casting assistant
Julie Weissman .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lola Bullion Chambers .... costumer
Tess Inman .... set costumer
Natasha Paczkowski .... costume manufacturing foreperson
Sanford Slepak .... key costumer
Debbie Travis .... costumer: Ms. Lane
Andrea E. Weaver .... costume supervisor
Jessica Carpenter .... costume designer trainee (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Shon Hedges .... apprentice editor
Doug Lovett .... colorist: dailies
Eric Osmond .... first assistant editor
Megan A. Sears .... apprentice editor
Michael A. Webber .... first assistant editor
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Kevin L. James .... post production executive (uncredited)
Jennifer Stellema .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Matthew B. Chamberlin .... key assistant location manager
Arthur Edmonds III .... assistant location manager: re-shoots
Steven S. Lee .... key assistant location manager
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Guy Morrison .... assistant location manager
Kyle Oliver .... key assistant location manager
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Kazimir Boyle .... music arranger (as Kaz Boyle)
George Doering .... musician
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Richard Ford .... music editor
Brad Haehnel .... music mixer
Jonathan Hafter .... music supervisor
Oliver Hug .... assistant music editor
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano
Gary Raymond .... music playback
Angie Rubin .... music editor: temp
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Carter Armstrong .... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
John Bilezikjian .... musician: oud (uncredited)
Jeffrey Potokar .... assistant music editor: temp (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Vic Cuccia .... transportation captain
Darrell Dubovsky .... driver
Randy Luna .... driver
Jim Petti .... teamster co-captain
Dan Romero .... transportation coordinator
Michael Sean Ryan .... transportation co-captain
Mark Vollmer .... driver: grip
Dean Winton .... driver
 
Other crew
John Arbuckle .... marine operator
Joanna August .... assistant: Jennifer Todd
Michael Bilog .... first assistant accountant
Marcin Borkowski .... set production assistant
Ursula Brauner .... animal trainer
Jennifer Corey .... production coordinator
Nancy Culp .... assistant: Diane Lane
Enfys Dickinson .... manager
Steven Eddy .... assistant production coordinator
Devon Evans .... animal trainer
Tim Fitzgerald .... production assistant
Jason Gondek .... production accountant
Heather Erin Green .... assistant: Gary David Goldberg
Susan Grennan .... accounting clerk
Mark Harden .... lead animal trainer
Polly Johnsen .... studio executive (uncredited)
Michael G. Kehoe .... craft service company (as Michael Kehoe)
Aurelie Levy .... assistant: John Cusack
David Linck .... publicist
Susan Magee .... second assistant accountant
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Lance Mancuso .... studio medic
Rob McCabe .... stand-in: John Cusack
Tim McGee .... craft service assistant
Jessica Meier .... office production assistant
Chris Anthony Miller .... swing leadman
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
Nicholas David Nesbitt .... staff assistant
Jimmy O'Connell .... marine coordinator
Kevin O'Neil .... production assistant
Jason Poteet .... diver: marine unit
Sally Potters .... production assistant: re-shoots
Joanna Ray .... assistant: Suzanne Todd
Rebecca Robertson .... script supervisor
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Ahmed Saker .... key set medic
Taffy Schweickhardt .... payroll accountant
Zack Smith .... additional production assistant (as Zack L. Smith)
Zack Smith .... additional set production assistant (as Zack Lynn Smith)
Zack Smith .... additional set production assistant
Lora Marie Taylor .... accountant: client services
Mark Vollmer .... marine consultant: diver
Troy Waters .... marine crew
Mari Wilson .... additional script supervisor
Emma Ford .... personal assistant (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Frau mit Hund sucht Mann mit Herz" - Austria, Germany
"И да обичаш кучета" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Любовь к собакам обязательна" - Russia
"...Y que le gusten los perros" - Spain
"Askla randevu" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Doit aimer les chiens" - Canada (French title)
"Facet z ogloszenia" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Kutyátlanok kíméljenek" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"La main au collier" - France
"Matte söker husse" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Mulher com Cão Procura Homem com Coração" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Partnerperfetto.com" - Italy
"Peab armastama koeri" - Estonia (imdb display title)
"Procura-se um Amor que Goste de Cachorros" - Brazil
"Rad mora imeti pse" - Slovenia (imdb display title)
"Risô no koibito dotto komu" - Japan (alternative transliteration)
"Risô no koibito.com" - Japan (alternative transliteration)
"Se busca pareja" - Argentina (imdb display title)
"Vain koiraihmisille" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Voliš li pse" - Croatia
"Ziteitai filozoos" - Greece (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content
Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Sarah and Bob bump into each other at the dog park, there is a table set up with an animal rescue group called Animal Avengers. This is in fact a real rescue group founded by actress Shannon Elizabeth.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Sarah runs out of the shop where she's having a manicure, she has flip flops on and toe separators on her feet. After she talks to Jake and turns around to go back to finish her manicure, the separators are gone.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Rebecca: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.
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Movie Connections:
References Giant (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
Come On Get HappySee more »

FAQ

Why is this movie called "Must Love Dogs"? It literally has one dog in it.
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Flawed, but enjoyable, 31 July 2005
Author: filmwatcher2002 from United States

John Cusack and Diane Lane, two of the most interesting actors working today, make this somewhat predictable romantic comedy work. They flesh out characters from a pretty weak script, and make you want to know those characters better.

This film is not rocket science, but if you expect to enjoy a bit of romantic fluff, you will not be disappointed. The only frustrating thing is knowing how much more both of these fine actors is capable of. Given a strong script and inventive director, can you imagine what a great film they could make together?

For this viewer, the weakest part of the script was the two-dimensional nature of some the supporting characters. For example, why would a sensitive, romantic boat builder like Jake have a strip-club-loving sleazy lawyer friend as his only male pal? And while the long suffering younger brother character is amusing and well acted, his wife is non-existent. Also, why would the father become a Lothario upon the death of his wife? If he was really a great guy, wouldn't he continue to act that way?

Also, the script never seems sure whether it wants Diane Lane's character to be comical or touching. The montage showing her entering computer dating with a gusto seemed forced - it aimed for a Bridget Jones type breeziness, but missed - and the singalong to the Partridge Family theme song scene was downright embarrassing. Thankfully Cusack was not subjected to that scene!

All in all, a good one to see if you love the leads, but don't expect belly laughs. It might leave you a little wistful for a romantic comedy as fresh as "Say Anything".... (sigh)

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