Must Love Dogs

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

In this comedy, newly divorced Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) is a 40-something woman who dreads the thought of re-entering the dating scene. But her persistent family has other ideas and creates an online personal ad informing men that Sarah is voluptuous and that any man of hers must love dogs.Sarah finally gives in and agrees to arrange dates with some of the men.After a series of horrible mismatches, Sarah seems smitten with two men: a newly divorced father of one of Sarahs students (Dermot Mulroney) and a down-to-earth boat builder (John Cusack).Sarahs widowed father (Christopher Plummer) tries his hand at online dating, too, with surprising results.Sarah discovers, after sleeping with one of the men, that she made a horrible decision.Her father has a chance meeting with the other man, which convinces her to find what she has been looking for all along.

Must Love Dogs is an unfortunate tale of divorce and dating. Sarah dates a few of the men recommended by family members and, in one scene, ends up in the bedroom with Jake, only to discover that neither has a condom. This sends the couple on a wild ride in desperate search of a convenience store that sells condoms.While both adults were in search of true love, Hollywoods road map leads through the bedroom.The most stable couple portrayed in the movie is a gay couple, friends of Sarah.Intercourse in the movie is referred to as being banged or nailed, which certainly falls short of Gods design for a husband and wife.After having sex with one man, Sarah confides to her sisters that this might mean she is promiscuous, which causes them all to break out in laughter. Due to sexual content and a disregard for purity, Preview cannot recommend this movie. Must Love Dogs is for the pound.

Preview Reviewer: Henry J. Rogers
Warner Brothers

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (3) times moderate (b-stard 1), strong (-ss 2)

Obscene Language: Once strong (s-word 1)

Profanity: Few (2) times moderate (good L 1), strong (G 1)

Violence: None

Sex: Several times mild (several kissing scenes, implied sex in bedroom following a date)

Nudity: Few times mild (woman in shower shown from behind from the waist up); moderate (two men in a strip club with dancers)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times mild (women refer to being banged, laid and nailed; one woman is told she would look good in handcuffs; desperate search by couple for a condom)

Drugs: Few times mild (several instances of alcohol use)

Other: None

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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