Dog Gone Love Release Date: 2004 Genre: Comedy | Romance Director: Rob Lundsgaard Writer: Rob Lundsgaard & Scott J. Sloan Starring: Alexander Chaplin, Lindsay Sloane, Richard Kind Okay, let me admit to something that I’m not entirely proud of. It may be shocking and repellent, but I feel the need to say it; I like […]

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Dog Gone Love
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Director: Rob Lundsgaard
Writer: Rob Lundsgaard & Scott J. Sloan
Starring: Alexander Chaplin, Lindsay Sloane, Richard Kind

Okay, let me admit to something that I’m not entirely proud of. It may be shocking and repellent, but I feel the need to say it; I like sitcoms. And it’s not even limited to high-end ones like “Seinfeld.” While I won’t go so far as to TiVo them or whatnot, I will admit to laughing at critically declaimed shows like “Quintuplets” and “The George Lopez Show.” So it’s easy to see why I enjoyed Dog Gone Love. Feeling more like a sitcom at points rather than a romantic comedy, a genre that has no doubt been done to death, Dog Gone Love is a perfectly acceptable popcorn film that made me genuinely crack up at points.

With a cast of familiar faces (though not so much their names), Dog Gone Love delivers what it promises; a cute little movie about a recently broken up with, unsuccessful novel writer, Steven (Chaplin), who meets a woman, Rebecca (Sloane), when bringing his dog into the vet. Unfortunately for Steven, Rebecca believes that he’s just a tad bit gay, so naturally, they settle into a relationship that never goes beyond friendship. But when Steven admits that he’s been lying just because he enjoys being around her so much, the proverbial crap hits the fan. And from there, we get Steven trying to win her back, with much comedy ensuing.

While many of the jokes fall flat, such as Steven’s friend Chuck speaking in first person, most of them land squarely in the “meagerly funny” region. And to be honest, that’s all I need to enjoy a good direct-to-video romantic comedy. Just like MTI’s Pursuit of Happiness last year, this is a relatively fun movie that would work well for a night on the couch with your girl, or boy, friend.

Let me also note two other things that I loved about Dog Gone Love; the cute nod to Office Space, and the always-wonderful Richard Kind, who gets a few laughs during his two or three scenes.

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