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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 »
The hardest trick is making them stay.
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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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
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 Carmean-Williams .... sound effects editor (as Kerry Ann Carmean)
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)
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 Tornai Packard .... camera operator (as Georgia Packard)
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)
"" - 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" - 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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Rated PG-13 for sexual content
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The "sticks" that the kids hop through in the beginning of the movie is a traditional Filipino dance. Tinikling is a dance where the sticks actually open and close to the beat of the music and dancers step through them gracefully.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While at the meat counter in the grocery store, the butcher announces that the special is whole fryers. "Two breasts, two thighs and a wing." Aside from the fact that a whole fryer has more parts, do they really mean only a wing? Are these mutant chickens? Although, it's quite possible, this line was meant as a joke.See more »
[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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Why is this movie called "Must Love Dogs"? It literally has one dog in it.
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49 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Familiar yet Enjoyable, 19 February 2006
Author: christian123

Based on the novel by Claire Cook, the plot centers around a kindergarten teacher named Sarah Nolan (Lane), a divorcée who swears off men after a devastating divorce. However, her close-knit Irish-American family decides to 'help' her along by signing her up for a number of online dating programs. She then finds herself caught between two men, as she starts seeing the father of one her students (Mulroney) and a man who she meets through the dating service who seems far too perfect (Cusack).

Must Love Dogs is a familiar yet enjoyable romantic comedy that should keep you entertained for a while. The plot is nothing new and there are many clichés to be found here yet the film is still funny. The film works well because of its two stars John Cusack and Diane Lane. They both give good, funny performances and they have nice chemistry together. If you enjoy watching these actors on screen then you should like the film. The supporting cast is also strong except for Dermot Mulroney. The good thing is that Dermot is not in the film very much so he does not suck out too much from the picture. This is his third film from 2005 and he was horrible in every one of them yet he keeps getting hired. The rest of the supporting cast consists of Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer, Stockard Channing and Julie Gonzalo.

A few things are keeping me from rating the film higher. One of the reasons is of course Dermot Mulroney. The film also has a few annoying clichés that are hard to ignore. There were also a few bad stereotypes that were not needed and they were not funny at all. Even though the film does have its share of funny moments, it becomes dull from time to time. The film, for the most part, is safe and this movie could have easily been an episode of Friends or something. That does not mean it's a bad film, it's just a little sitcom-ish. If you do give the film a shot, don't take it too seriously and try to have a little fun with it. In the end, Must Love Dogs is a surprisingly enjoyable romantic comedy. Rating 7/10

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