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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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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 | dentist | murder | sex | sunflower | See All (76) »

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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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23 November 2001 (Italy)  »

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A Paciente Misteriosa  »

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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

Frank walks into a bar and orders Bourbon, the bartender offers him Four Roses, Jim (Beam) Black, V.O., and "Seagram". Three of the 4 are Bourbon. V.O., which is what the bartender pours, is not a Bourbon but a Canadian Whisky. See more »

Quotes

Frank: I trust people, but I'm no dummy. I knew she was scamming me, and I should have thrown her out right then but I didn't. You see, that's the nature of attraction. You find yourself doing things, and you have no idea why, but you do them anyway.
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Crazy Credits

Remote recording by Guy Charbonneau and crew. See more »

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Referenced in Game K N B: Episode dated 5 October 2006 (2006) See more »

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Menilmontant
Written by Charles Trenet
Performed and Arranged by Steve Bartek (as Steven Bartek)
Whistle and Accordian by Blind Dog
Published by Editions Raoul Breton
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Totally Surprising and Brilliant!
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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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