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I would never have seen Novocaine had it not been for my love of Steve Martin. But what amazed me in this film were the genius performances by the other actors: a terrific character turn for Laura Dern (didn't mean to rhyme). The always-charming Helena Bonham-Carter playing a role reminiscent of (but NOT the same as) her Fight Club character. Elias Koteas' quirky, stupid take as Steve Martin's younger brother. Kevin Bacon making a cameo in one of the only roles I've EVER liked him in.
But most of all, Laura Dern. This woman can act. She absolutely stole the show. A character who seems at once timid and sweet, then sends me spinning with her karate fanaticism. I will not tell you anymore about her performance (of which there is MUCH more to tell), because you need to discover this film for yourself.
The filming is an absolute masterpiece, as well as the writing, both done by David Atkins. The music is a wonderfully stylized score by Danny Elfman, calling forth 'film noir' memories. And there couldn't have been a more thrilling cast to watch on screen.
Novocaine is a suspense thriller, as well as an extremely funny movie. See it for Steve Martin, though you won't be watching him for long.
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