Must Love Dogs Soundtrack (

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Title in Español:

...Y que le gusten los perros

Title in Italiano:


Must Love Dogs

Preschool teacher Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane), divorced for eight months, is still grieving the end of her marriage. Although she didn't see it as being perfect, she probably would have stuck it out as what she saw as the "for better or worse" obligation of the wedding vows, that is if her ex-husband, Kevin, didn't end it for what ended up being leaving her for a younger woman. She is urged by her over-supportive family, comprised of her many siblings, their partners, and her widowed father, to get back into the dating scene, something she has been reluctant to do in not feeling ready.

As such, her most proactive sister in the matter, Carol (Elizabeth Perkins), sets her up on an Internet dating site. Within her less than prepared state, Sarah does go along with meeting men by the means offered to her. Beyond especially her female siblings, Sarah is given unique perspectives on the whole issue of dating and commitment by her father, Bill (Christopher Plummer), who is exploring dating after losing who was the love of his life in Sarah's mother, thrice divorced Dolly (Stockard Channing), one of Bill's conquests, who he meets on-line, and Sarah's gay teaching colleague, Leo (Brad William Henke), who she sees as being in the most committed loving relationship with his partner Eric (Victor Webster) of anyone she knows.

Of the men she meets, Sarah makes what she believes is a connection with two, albeit awkward in both cases. One is Bob Connor (Dermot Mulroney), the divorced father of one of her students, her hesitance in dating him only because of crossing the professional/personal line. The other is custom wooden boat builder Jake Anderson (John Cusack), who too was pushed into trying on-line dating by his best friend/divorce lawyer Charlie (Ben Shenkman), who wants Jake solely to get some action despite Jake wanting his love life to be more like Lara and Yuri in Doctor Zhivago (1965).

Much of what happens between Sarah and the two men is based on what stage they are in post-divorce dating life, but is also dependent on how much Sarah is willing to take a chance on each, which may also include her and the respective man just not meshing at a given point in time, and her making a wrong decision in the process based on what she sees as the prospects.

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Must Love Dogs
When Will I Be Loved
Linda Ronstadt: Performer
Phil Everly: Writer
The First Cut Is The Deepest
Sheryl Crow: Performer
Cat Stevens: Writer
Bamboo Children
Paul Rabjohns: Writer
Paul Rabjohns: Performer
Lara's Theme
Hey There Lonely Girl
Cocktails At Noon
Come On Get Happy
Monster Mash
Excerpts from 'Dogs with Jobs' score
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)
Don't It Feel Good
Central Park West
If You Knew
I Never
Dance All Night
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
Lara's Theme
Paul Rabjohns: Performer
Don't It Feel Good
Angelo Petraglia: Performer

User reviews

Lisa Parker

The use of different genres in the soundtrack adds variety and richness to the overall listening experience, catering to a wide range of musical tastes.

Mary Roberts

The soundtrack effectively mirrors the different stages of post-divorce dating life, from initial hesitance to willingness to take a chance on new relationships.

Mary Perez

The music accompanying Sarah's interactions with Bob and Jake captures the unique dynamics of each relationship, highlighting the complexities of dating after a divorce.

Joshua Turner

The songs selected for key moments in Sarah's journey evoke empathy and understanding from the audience, enhancing the storytelling and character development.

Susan Anderson

The songs in the soundtrack are not only enjoyable to listen to but also serve to enhance the emotional impact of key scenes in the film.

Amanda Robinson

During the scenes where Sarah reluctantly agrees to try online dating, the soundtrack adds a touch of humor and lightheartedness, balancing the heavier themes of the movie.

Betty Jackson

Each song in the soundtrack is thoughtfully chosen to reflect Sarah's inner turmoil and growth, adding depth and resonance to the storytelling.

Brian Wright

The soundtrack includes a variety of genres and styles, offering a diverse musical experience that complements the various emotional beats of the film.

Lisa Mitchell

The instrumental pieces in the soundtrack evoke a sense of introspection and contemplation, adding a layer of complexity to the narrative.

Emily Mitchell

The music enhances the somber moments of Sarah's grieving period after her divorce, reflecting her feelings of loss and uncertainty about the future.

Elizabeth Anderson

The soundtrack seamlessly transitions between moments of light-heartedness and moments of vulnerability, mirroring the ups and downs of Sarah's romantic journey.

Karen Wilson

Overall, the soundtrack of Must Love Dogs is a cohesive and evocative collection of music that enhances the viewing experience and enriches the narrative of the film.

Michelle Martinez

The soundtrack strikes a balance between melancholy and hope, mirroring Sarah's conflicting feelings about love and relationships.

Charles Hernandez

The soundtrack of Must Love Dogs perfectly captures the emotional journey of the main character, Sarah Nolan, as she navigates the complexities of post-divorce life.

Ronald Smith

Overall, the soundtrack of Must Love Dogs is a standout element of the film, enhancing the storytelling and providing a memorable musical backdrop to Sarah's heartfelt story.

Kimberly Harris

The songs chosen for the interactions between Sarah and the men she meets convey the awkwardness and tentative connections that form as they navigate their own post-divorce experiences.

Timothy Hall

The music enhances the romantic elements of the film, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that draws the audience into Sarah's world.

Dorothy Robinson

The soundtrack of Must Love Dogs perfectly captures the emotional journey of the main character, Sarah Nolan, as she navigates post-divorce life and re-enters the dating scene.