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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
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 »
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What's the drift? You roll into town. You line up a few dentists or do you hit doctors too?
Dentists are easier. They're dumber. No offense.
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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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