Friday, July 29, 2005

Must Love Dogs...Like This Movie?

One thing you may not know about the couple on the left is that my wife and I have major crushes on them (she for John Cusack, me for Diane Lane), which makes it doubly unfortunate that their new movie is getting absolutely panned this morning:

"It is melancholy to reflect that Cusack played a teenager in his first romantic comedy, the 1989 masterpiece "Say Anything," and now plays an adult in a screenplay not anywhere near as risky, truthful or moving."

Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times

"Maybe filmmakers think that moviegoers trolling for a fun date movie or an evening out with the girls are actually looking for this kind of poot. That's the only plausible explanation for why damp, droopy pictures like "Must Love Dogs" get made: This is a comedy about recently divorced people in their late 30s looking for love and companionship (a reasonable, realistic desire if there ever was one) that feels as if it was made by a teenage girl with a penchant for writing "Bobby Sherman 4-Ever" on her notebook covers. It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it."

Stephanie Zacharek -

"Watching "Must Love Dogs," an Internet dating comedy so weightless that it makes a trifle like "You've Got Mail" look like Chekhov, you have to wonder how actors of the caliber of Diane Lane, John Cusack, Christopher Plummer and Stockard Channing were bamboozled into lending their talents to the project."

Stephen Holden - The New York Times

"It is so busy copying from better films that it forgets to present anything approximating real life."

Jen Chaney - The Washington Post

Ouch! This is bad because one of two bad things is going to happen: A) We will take a pass on what would have been a nice opportunity to go to a movie together and stare at people we like to stare at; or B) we're gonna go see this lousy movie.


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