Must Love Dogs

Synopsis: Preschool teacher Sarah Nolan, 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, 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, who is exploring dating after losing who was the love of his life in Sarah's mother,
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Gary David Goldberg
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

The best place to meet a guy | is the supermarket.

You see a guy holding a list, | you know he's married.

He's in the frozen-food section | carrying a small basket, he's single.

I hang out by fruits and vegetables. | Better chance of getting a guy who's healthy.

Probably the best place | is Home Depot or any hardware store.

You just walk up | to the cutest guy and say:

"Do you know where I can get nailed? | I mean, nails?

Pardon me, | I've been drinking all afternoon."

And that way he knows, | one, that you're easy...

...and two, that you like to drink.

I thought a great place to meet girls would | be night school where they teach English.

Because these girls | would be from foreign lands...

...and maybe still a little disoriented | from the journey...

...and I would look attractive | because I speak English very goodly.

But in the end, | it did not work out as I had hoped.

I mean, basically, I was told to | take a hike in 14 languages.

Where do you meet people? | I don't know, they're everywhere.

Why, is there a problem?

No. No way, | I'm not going out with this guy.

Just call him. Say hello. | He's in my book club.

- Why is there a woman here? | - It's his wife.

They're separated, but he didn't want | to Photoshop her out...

...if you're not interested. | They are in Hawaii.

It's the Four Seasons. | This could be you in the photograph.


- Well, if you change your mind. | - I've got a picture too.

Is that why you're all here? | The whole family?

- Everyone has a picture for me? | - This is an intervention, Sarah.

- He's great. | - A beautiful girl like you can't just give up.

There's life after divorce.

You were married to the same woman | for 45 years, Dad.

- What do you know about divorce? | - Precious little, I admit.

The black specter of two lives | torn asunder.

Not helping, Dad.

I wish your mother were here, | God rest her soul.

- She'd know what to say. | - "Put on another pot of tea."

That's what she'd say. | The Irish answer to all problems.

- Well, it worked most of the time. | - Who is this?

I have no idea, but if you're interested, | I'll Google him.

Is this it for food in this house, | like, eight crackers?

And what are these? | Are these bananas?

- I think they were at one time. | - I'll take one.

- I guess I forgot to shop this month. | - What are you gonna do, sis?

- I mean, really, it's been eight months. | - Dad's giving-up idea sounds intriguing.

I could become the crazy aunt | who moves in down in the basement.

Put a cot in for me, some herbal teas. | I'd like to get a dog, if that's okay?

Marc, don't you have | a friend for Sarah?

"A Friend for Sarah." I'm now an episode | of "Little House on the Prairie".

- Come on, you must know somebody. | - Not really.

But if you want to have an affair, | I do know a couple of married guys.

- We'll let that be our fallback, okay? | - Okay.

- An affair, that's a terrific idea. | - My husband to the rescue.

Don't cover mine.

I think affairs should go | on the other side.


Hey, Jake.

Hey, Charlie.

Divorce is final.

You're a free man.

I don't know if... is the | appropriate sentiment. Four years...

...woman I loved, I got my ass kicked. | - High-five.

Not that kind of moment either.

- Down low? | - Just because I want this to stop.

You are officially the worst client | I've ever had.

- Thank you. | - Let Lisa have everything.

Even the judge wanted you to keep | those boxing gloves.

- She really liked you. | - I liked her too, as far as judges go.

No. I mean, really.

Wow, that's a good-looking Cougar.

Excellent stuff. You think she'd like | to buy a handmade, stainable teak boat?

Maybe if it came with private lessons.

Everybody wants all that Tupperware...

...those computer-designed, | fiberglass-composite things.

I mean, don't even look like boats.

They look like boats when they | whiz by your wooden guy.

That was one race, and I've made | some adjustments, Charlie.

- Wood boats can win, trust me on that. | - They can't win.

That's why people don't want them.

They can't win, | but they lose beautifully.

And the whole experience | is just better. Look at this.

I'm making these boats | the exact same way...

...the Spanish and the Portuguese | made their ships of exploration.

There's a continuity | at stake here, Charlie.

This is more than a boat.

- This is a time machine. | - lf you paid this much attention to Lisa...'d still be together. | - This is true.

But you know what? If I had to do it | it all over again, I wouldn't.

I wouldn't. | Lisa taught me about sadness...

...about human frailty...

...and how unbearably fleeting | happiness can be.

- I'm gonna owe her for the rest of my life. | - Oh, you'll be paying. Monthly.

Hope you don't mind | that I brought Mother Teresa.

Are you kidding? I love this girl. | Mother Teresa, do you have a friend for me?

Hey, is everything all right at home?

Yeah, Jennifer just gets tired | of all the family gatherings.

Too many old stories. | It makes her feel left out.

Yeah. Kevin used to say that.

- I still say it. | - I say it too.

It seems hard now, Sarah, I know...

...but you get a chance to make | a new life for yourself.

Thank you, but in | the marketplace of available women...

Any guy would be lucky to get you. | You're smart, you're funny...

...even pretty when | you're not wallowing in self-pity.

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Gary David Goldberg

Gary David Goldberg (June 25, 1944 – June 22, 2013) was an American writer and producer for television and film. Goldberg was best known for his work on Family Ties (1982–89), Spin City (1996–2002), and his semi-autobiographical series Brooklyn Bridge (1991–93). more…

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