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Novocaine (2001)

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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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Chinese Husband
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Storyline

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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drugs | murder | dentist | sex | tape measure | See more »

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Also Known As:

Novocaine  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,025,238 (USA) (4 January 2002)
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Trivia

Steve Martin and Scott Caan did not get along during filming due to Caan's reckless behavior toward a stunt person in a scene in which his character smashes a beer bottle over the head of a man in a bar. See more »

Goofs

When first questioning Dr Sangster, Lance Phelps folds his arms twice in rapid succession between shots, without enough time to unfold them elapsing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Frank: The worst thing that could happen to a guy is to lose his teeth... that his unless he pulls them out himself.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the Atkins family, the Mones family and the Rosenberg family. See more »

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References Little Shop of Horrors (1986) See more »

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Happy Clown
Written by Henrick Nielsen
Performed by OGM Studio Group
Published by Krunborg
Courtesy of OGM Inc./Ole Georg Music, Hollywood
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Totally Surprising and Brilliant!
20 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to get to go to an advance screening of Novocaine (I won tickets). I LOVED it!! I always loved Steve Martin but was really impressed at what a great actor he is as well as comedian! I don't want to give anything away, but this movie totally surprised me, part thriller, part drama part comedy. Nothing like Martin's done before but still very Steve Martin. Helena Bonham Carter plays a role similar to her Fight Club role, very mysterious and brooding. I was also happy to see Laura Dern in a great role. She's different in every movie and is especially strong in this one. The movie is such a mixture of twists and turns that it's hard to rave about it without giving anything away. But I definitely recommend this movie to everyone, perfect for a date or with friends. Even the score is phenomonal too. I can't wait to go again and see it in the theatre the first weekend it comes out.


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