A light movie - passes the time
A light, pleasant movie. Nothing special. Rather wordy at times - not
that I dislike conversation but it wasn't always interesting
conversation. I grew rather bored with the "extended family" feel of
this movie - I couldn't get interested in most of these people milling
about and conversing rather too much about nothing much and wished
they'd go away. The young couple are quite attractive, you can be
pleased they get together in the end. There isn't really much emphasis
on the dogs so the title's vaguely misleading.
The best character in it is the character played by Christopher
Plummer. Much older than in his glamorous Sound of Music days, not so
spry now, but still spry enough to always grab your attention. I only
took the movie from the library because his name was on it....
I'd say don't waste your money going to see this movie or buying the
DVD nor even a library fee for it unless you are interested in the
actors. Just wait for it on TV.
6 out of 10 rather than 5 because it's completely inoffensive - no foul
behaviour, no violence, no thugs, no ill manners, no boring naked
panting and heaving and groaning on any beds, a nice change. I am
marking movies up these days if they avoid all the nasty stuff..
The one thing that amazed me as I watched "Must Love Dogs" was the cast
- Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Dermot Mulroney, Stockard
Channing, Christopher Plummer.
What were these folks thinking when they agreed to make this film? Did
they bother reading the script? I realize it is their wont to make any
film they wish, but surely the likes of Lane, Cusack and Mulroney are
not wanting for good scripts.
I don't mind predictable scripts - and romantic comedies, by their very
nature, are awfully predictable - if they're good, offer some laughs, a
few nice moments, a few scenes that ring true. Unfortunately, there
isn't a single moment in "Must Love Dogs" that even vaguely resembles
anything real. There's not a single genuine character or an honest
moment in this entire film.
Everything about this film screams "movie moment," from the family
get-togethers to the plot twists, from the inter-family conversations
to the dialogue between Lane and Cusack. Even the minor characters are
"movie-made." Doubt me? Take a look at the guy behind the deli at the
supermarket. Is there anything even vaguely honest or real about his
scenes with Lane?
Writer-director Gary David Goldberg - who should stick to TV, where
he's good - never bothers to introduce anything that is even slightly
unpredictable to his story. He follows all the standard rules of the
romantic-comedy genre and seems quite happy hitting the marks without
any adding sense of novelty.
We have a woman - Diane Lane deserves so much better than this - who
has two male interests. Genre rules say one of the men will eventually
turn out to be a rotter. Well, guess what?
A talented cast is wasted is this utter waste of time..