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Novocaine (2001)

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A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him & steals all of the drugs from his practice.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Polly Noonan ...
JoBe Cerny ...
Yasen Peyankov ...
Teri Cotruzzola ...
Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet ...
Preston Maybank ...
Sally Kao ...
Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong ...
Chinese Husband


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) »


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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Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Новокаин  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


A real pharmacist would have phoned the doctor to verify the drug and amount before filling the prescription. See more »


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 »


References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »


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A movie with many twists....in the vein of The Spanish Prisoner
20 August 2002 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

If you are expecting a typical Steve Martin comedy, then don't see this movie. However, if you are looking for a dark comedy with many twists and turns, and with great acting, then this movie is for you. I liken it to The Spanish Prisoner, another fantastic Steve Martin movie that contained many unexpected plot twists. I give this a 10.

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