Must Love Dogs (2005, USA) C-98m. SCOPE ** D: Gary David Goldberg. Starring Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer, Dermot Mulroney, Stockard Channing. MUST LOVE CONTRIVED ROMANCES: Lane, a divorced woman in her thirties, is urged by her family to find a new partner, then finds herself torn between two men: Mulroney, the father of one of her pre-school pupils, and Cusack, an eccentric boat-builder, who's been left by his wife. Predictable, by-the-numbers romantic comedy, only Plummer shines. At least it makes you want to watch DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) again. Based on the novel by Claire Cook.


© Ron Altman