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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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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 »


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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)

Gross:

$2,025,238 (USA) (4 January 2002)
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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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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: 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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Remote recording by Guy Charbonneau and crew. See more »

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References Little Shop of Horrors (1986) See more »

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Written and Performed by Charles Trenet
Published by Editions Raoul Breton
Courtesy of Arkadia Chansons
By Arrangement with Bacon Soundtrack Services
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Mixed feelings
13 May 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

OK, so I have to give this movie points for originality. How many films involve a dentist protagonist? I watched the featurette on the DVD and director David Atkins explained that he wanted to throw a curve ball at the audience by having Steve Martin play the main character in a dark comedy--since audiences are probably expecting something much broader. I didn't get any laughs out of this film; just some mild chuckles. But whether it's a dark comedy or a mystery-thriller, it doesn't quite gel. And ultimately, the film left a bad taste in my mouth--no pun intended. It's watchable, and at times quite intriguing, but it's definitely not a memorable film that I would watch on repeat viewings.

The cast is spirited. Steve Martin never ceases to please, whether he's playing a broad comic role or the straight man. Here, he plays more of the latter. But I wasn't surprised he was able to pull it off. If anybody has seen Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon," you know Steve is a versatile actor who can easily pull off a serious role. This isn't his first time playing the straight man. Laura Dern is amusing as Steve's neurotic, obsessive-compulsive, karate-kicking wife. Helena Bonham Carter is sassy and sexy, a totally convincing femme fetale. Elias Koteas has some nice moments as Steve's black-sheep brother. And last but not least, Kevin Bacon has an amusing unbilled cameo as an actor researching murder cases for his upcoming movie.

Danny Elfman's opening theme is wonderfully haunting. There are certain elements of "Novocaine" that I liked, it does have its moments (the twist ending totally caught me by surprise!!), but it just doesn't come together.

My score: 6 (out of 10)


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