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Novocaine (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  14 December 2001 (USA)
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A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs.

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Dr. Frank Sangster is a straight-laced dentist who because of one innocent lie, finds his tidy, prosperous life transformed into a comic quagmire of illicit sex, illegal drugs and inexplicable murder in this brilliantly offbeat, bitingly comedic film! Written by Thomas Nudi

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Getting to the root of the problem is like pulling teeth. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$418,098 (USA) (16 November 2001)

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$2,025,238 (USA) (4 January 2002)
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The second time Steve Martin plays a dentist. The first time was his role in "Little Shop of Horrors" as Orin Scrivello, albeit that character was far more "disturbed" than Frank Sangster. See more »

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On all drug vials in the movie, "pharmaceuticals" is misspelled "pharmacueticals." See more »

Quotes

Frank: What's the drift? You roll into town. You line up a few dentists or do you hit doctors too?
Susan Ivey: Dentists are easier. They're dumber. No offense.
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Remote recording by Guy Charbonneau and crew. See more »

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References The Hard Way (1991) See more »

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Strangely intoxicating
21 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

To start with, any movie in which Helena Bonham Carter gets naked is a good thing.

This is a weird weird movie, but good pacing and casting saves it. A more disciplined director could have turned it into a cult classic.

Steve Martin is convincing in a challenging part. He is a fine actor.He brings just enough comedy so the movie doesn't descend into the land that light forgot. This edge gives the film strange believability.

Laura Dern is also exquisite walking a fine line to achieve a balance between farce and drama. Her character, blondness and 'hard body' look contrasted effectively with HBC's petite, auburn wickedness.

At the end, I wanted to watch it again to appreciate the fine points I missed the first time through.

I would describe it as a darker " The Whole Nine Yards".


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