Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Must Love Dogs

A guy has a 20% higher chance of getting a girl's phone number if he's with his best friend - a dog. Scientifically proven, though I could've told them it's true for free. Actually we might be getting a dog in a few months so I watched this movie for puppy 'research' since the title implies 'here be much doggy feelgoodness'.

Turns out the movie's pretty light on the dogs and heavy on the punchlines. Let's put it through the Ragtag Romcometer, a measuring gauge made from all the Sandra Bullock comedies I'll admit to watching.

Ragtag Romcometer
  • While You Were Sleeping - highest rotation, taped from tv with commercials correctly paused out
  • Miss Congeniality - hehe *snort* 

             <------- Must Love Dogs - I'd watch it again for the John Cusack parts

  • Two Weeks Notice - wouldn't change the channel if it was up next
  • The Proposal - starts out well but got really bland
  • Forces of Nature - didn't finish it
  • Practical Magic - has a deserving place on the bonfire

Romcometer has decided that it ranks above the average Sandra Bullock romcom but WYWS and MC are still top dogs. The sheer number of one-liners per minute puts it in the top 3. It's easy to know the two leads will end up together because
a) It's a romcom, duh
b) They talk the same, think the same, act the same. John Cusack's character sounds like a self-absorbed neurotic but vulnerable woman in her late 40s. I thought he was sweet. Is that wrong?


Traxy said...

Aww, I loved "Practical Magic"! It never fails to get me all enthusiastic about all the witchy stuff I profess to be a part of ... but just never really get around to, especially not since moving to Britain - which is partly why I'll be participating in the Pagan Pride Parade on Sunday! :D

Speaking of Sandra Bullock films, have you seen Love Potion #9? I got it because Dale Midkiff has a very small part in it. SB is a brilliant comedic actress, but the film is sooooo incredibly bad. I think the theme tune ("Love Potion #9" by The Clovers) might just be the best thing about it, and that song's not exactly on my top 10 oldies list!

Avalon said...

I have not watched Must love Dogs but I have seen Practical Magic and it is one of my favorites. I think I am more of a tragic romance kind of girl, rather then comedy romance. I love Tristan and Isolde, Titanic, and The Notebook.

Ragtag said...

Wow about Practical Magic! You guys really shocked me. Haven't met anyone in RL who liked that. It's not the wiccan content, I have all of Charmed on DVD but perhaps it's Nicole Kidman's character?

Or maybe I watched it right after a breakup? Or on a full moon...

Ragtag said...

Traxy I'm gonna check out Love Potion #9. Sounds like it'll be fun in a masochistic kinda way.

bZirk said...

Welcome back, Ragtag! You were missed. :D So glad I looked in. I've been swamped lately, so haven't had as much time to read blogs. But I love to read yours. Will probably be mostly in lurk mode.

'Love Potion #9' is good because Sandra and her costar are great, and some of the lesser characters are really good too. It's been quite a while since I've seen it, so I hope it's as good as I remember it.

I have a love/hate relationship with John Cusack, and mostly, I think that's due to the directors he's worked with. If they get him, his movies are great. If they don't, they're lousy. I have not yet seen 'Must Love Dogs.' Maybe I'll check it out.

Traxy said...

Well, to be fair, neither PM nor Charmed have anything to do with Wicca or any other form of Neopaganism. They just pretend to, to look cool. ;) (Basically because real-life magic doesn't look anywhere near as impressive like it does on TV. In fact, there's really nothing to see. Just like there's nothing to see when people are praying to God, and that's what it's akin to, tbh.)

Quite liked John Cusack in Serendipity. He's cute. :)

Nat at RA FanBlog said...

Must Love Dogs was a "meh" for me. I'm not a big fan of John Cusack and didn't like the storyline too much. (I LOVE While You Were Sleeping, however.)