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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?


Janeane Garofalo, a shade over five feet tall, sometimes had to stand on a box just to be in the same frame with 6-foot co-star Uma Thurman. See more »


Abby's mug disappears when she comforts Noelle. See more »


Noelle: Besides, he has this small personal habit that just drives me crazy.
Abby: What's that?
Noelle: He loves *you*.
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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 »


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Written and Performed by Paul Weller
Produced by Brendan Lynch and Paul Weller
Courtesy of Go! Discs/London Records
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The Truth About This Movie
8 February 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

I tend to dislike most of the serious romantic movies like 'Titanic' etc. They're just not my kind to be honest. Love many of the classics like 'Sabrina'. I would have enjoyed 'The Truth About Cats & Dogs' a lot more if there was a little more comedy to it. It's an okay (and forgettable) movie with some decent performances and a few good moments but at some point it seems to drag. Perhaps a little editing would have helped. On the one hand I can understand why Jeanine Garofalo is cast as the 'ugly' girl (she looks far from ugly) but, in my humble opinion, she's not portrayed as an 'ugly' girl but rather as a woman who thinks of herself as unattractive. Yet, I thought that the Lehman really went a little too far, at times, by focusing on her 'ugliness' e.g. by showing people on the street calling ugly at her character. In contrast, Uma Thurman looks a lot less attractive than usual and she's portrayed as the 'hot' one. To an extent 'Lehman' does succeed in showing the stereotypical beauty that's created by the media (Thurman's character) and what would be considered as less attractive (Garofalo's character). Garofalo is very likable. Her on screen personality here does not differ much from her other roles but she succeeds in what she set out to do. Thurman is a little over the top at times but otherwise makes a great comparison to her female co-star. The two actresses share a very warm chemistry. Ben Chaplin is quite alright and fortunately he doesn't do the American accent. In a nutshell, it's a average film that could have been better.

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