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Novocaine (2001)

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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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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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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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

A doctor / dentist would not refer to patient records as a 'file'. The terminology is 'chart'. 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

The caption 'The End' just before the end credits is displayed in French ('Fin') instead of English. See more »

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References The Hard Way (1991) See more »

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Le Monde de Frank Sangster
Written by Pierre Begon-Lours, Stéphane Luginbühl, Patrick Woodcock and David Atkins
Performed by Mellow
Published by Music of V2 America, Inc./Mellow Workshop (Administered
by BMG Songs, Inc.) and On The Way Music
Courtesy of CyberOctave Music, a division of Higher Octave Music, Inc.
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Good performance....seriously flawed film.....
21 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve Martin is believable as a dentist who sees his life spiraling out of control after a series of cascading lies sets him up as a murder suspect. What is not believable is the script, which seems to overlook common sense. Cops that fall asleep while guarding a suspect, and worse yet handcuffing a suspect to a flimsy bench in the court house. After an intriguing set up, everything has less and less logic. The proverbial happy ending is totally unbelievable, as is the supposed motivation for the entire storyline. If you want to see a pretty good Steve Martin performance and can overlook Novocaine's many flaws, it is definitely watchable. - MERK


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