The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  26 April 1996 (USA)
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A successful veternarian & radio show host with low self-esteem asks her model friend to impersonate her when a handsome man wants to see her.



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Janeane Garofalo plays Dr. Abby Barnes, the "Truth About Cats and Dogs" radio question-and-answer show host who unwittingly entices a listener over the radio with her soothing voice and personality. This listener, Brian, tries to meet the Abby from the radio, but Noelle, played by Uma Thurman, is mistaken for the real thing when Brian comes to the studio. Instead of clearing things up right away, the self-conscious Abby allows her best friend, Noelle, a tall, stunning blonde, to take her place for a while. Abby takes on the made-up persona of Donna, while thinking Brian would never go for her, a short, cute, brunette, who thinks she's unattractive. As the real Abby woos Brian over the phone and radio, Noelle, the pseudo-Abby, takes her place in the flesh. As time goes on, Abby feels more and more confident that Brian would rather have the beautiful Noelle than the simply attractive Abby. Written by Joelsef <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Brian's about to discover the woman he loves isn't the woman he loves.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for a sex-related scene and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adevarul despre câini si pisici  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£302,403 (UK) (19 July 1996)


£1,903,493 (UK) (16 August 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Audrey Wells was a DJ before becoming a screenwriter. See more »


Brian loses his bag when he asks to escort "Donna" out. See more »


Noelle: What is this? Is this cat hair?
Dr. Abby Barnes: I'm shedding. I'm extremely nervous.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening scene, when Janeane Garofalo is about to get on the elevator, as the credits come to an end, Micheal Lehmann's credit is crushed by the elevator doors. See more »


Remade as Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) See more »


Bad Idea
Written by Ben Folds, Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee (as Darren Jesse)
Performed by Ben Folds Five
Produced by Ben Folds
Ben Folds Five appears courtesy of 550 Records
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Truth Must Be Told: I like this romantic comedy that echoes "Syrano de Bergerac".
23 August 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Janeane Garofalo stars as Abby, a veterinarian who has her own radio show. She is a cultured, educated woman, who is smart, has a good sense of humor and makes a great living. The problem is that her self-esteem is low because she does not find herself attractive being 5'1 brunette who once upon a time while in college had gained 40 pounds. Well, she looked like she lost all of them and she was charming if you ask me (perhaps, it is solidarity of another 5'0 brunette ) but when she developed a relationship over the phone with one of the callers, she tells him that she is 5'10" statuesque blonde who is hard to miss. The blonde (Uma Thurman) happened to be her next-door neighbor, the aspiring model/actress who agrees to go on the date instead of Abby... It may sound like cliché, and the film has several holes in the plot but is very enjoyable thanks to wonderful performance by Janeane and to these words:

"You know how someone's appearance can change the longer you know them? How a really attractive person, if you don't like them, can become more and more ugly; whereas someone you might not have even have noticed... that you wouldn't look at more than once, if you love them, can become the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. All you want to do is be near them."


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