6.3/10
22,305
107 user 49 critic

The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 26 April 1996 (USA)
Trailer
2:01 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writer:

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Joffe
Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two dense, inseparable friends hit the road for their 10-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates.

Director: David Mirkin
Stars: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A forty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results.

Director: Gary David Goldberg
Stars: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director: Ted Demme
Stars: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Giant preying mantis living in a south American jungle decide to move into suburban USA. Disguised as humans, the mantis are planning something.. Could it be connected to dad's job in the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Stockard Channing, Dabney Coleman
One Fine Day (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox, Uma Thurman
Sweethearts (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Arliss goes to a coffee house to meet Jasmine on a blind date, but she's not quite what she seems.

Director: Aleks Horvat
Stars: Janeane Garofalo, Mitch Rouse, Margaret Cho
Prime (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A career driven professional from Manhattan is wooed by a young painter, who also happens to be the son of her psychoanalyst.

Director: Ben Younger
Stars: Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A big-city cop from L.A. moves to a small-town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Robinson
Stars: Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A journalist enrolls in her old highschool as part of her research for a story.

Director: Raja Gosnell
Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After being jilted by her boyfriend, a talk show talent scout writes a column on the relationship habits of men which gains her national fame.

Director: Tony Goldwyn
Stars: Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear, Hugh Jackman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Ed
...
Roy
...
...
...
...
La Tanya M. Fisher ...
Faryn Einhorn ...
...
...
...
Dechen Thurman ...
Edit

Storyline

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 <joelsef@geocities.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adevarul despre câini si pisici  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£302,403 (UK) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$34,073,143 (USA) (9 August 1996)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Janeane Garofalo has been quite vocal about how unhappy she was with the film. Initially it was an independent film, but it was turned into a big-studio project when Uma Thurman signed on. Garofalo remarked,"I think it's soft and corny. The soundtrack makes you want to puke. And everybody's dressed in Banana Republic clothing. The original script and intent was very different. It was supposed to be a small-budget independent film, with a lot more complexity to the characters. When it became a studio commercial film, Abby and the guy wind up together at the end." Garofalo has since disowned the film, calling it anti-feminist. See more »

Goofs

When is taking photographs of Abby, he switches from a tripod-mounted to a camera to a hand held camera. When he does this, he doesn't change the flash to the new camera (the flash hot shoe is shown to have nothing connected), yet the flash still fires. The flashes in question are studio flash heads powered from a remote pack. They are fired via a PC sync cord which can be clearly seen attached to the PC sync socket on the left hand side of each body. See more »

Quotes

Brian: Abby, I only ever loved one woman and I don't want to lose her twice.
See more »

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 »

Connections

References Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Well I Lied
Written by Chris Hayes and Kevin Hayes
Performed by The Robert Cray Band
Produced by Robert Cray
Courtesy of Mercury Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


13 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Masturbation Scene--Tacky!!! lizzy_kermit_the_frog
Abby loses weight for end love scene mesaydayo
My problem is... speedreader
The pregnant thing... kjcolorado22
Favorite Scene/ Line lovelyrita-2
What Breed of Dog? mauispiderweb
Discuss The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?