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The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)

R | | Drama | 29 August 2003 (USA)
An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.

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Lizzie Hurst
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Female Patient (as Flora Martinez)
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The movie centers on a dentist who has a strange dream that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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La vida secreta de un dentista  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$121,769, 3 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,707,201, 28 December 2003
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Goofs

At the end of the opera performance, the tympanist's arm is seen raised with a flourish. However, in the music he is heard still playing a roll, which definitely takes two hands. See more »

Quotes

David Hurst: My father always said that when you're angry, to never get in a car.
Slater: Fuck him.
[starts the car]
Slater: He was an asshole.
David Hurst: Yes. He was.
[drives off]
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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Nabucco
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Giangiacomo Guelfi, Gianni Raimondi, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elena Suliotis, Gloria Lane,
Giovanni Foiani, Piero De Palma, Mirella Fiorentini
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Courtesy of Opera D'Oro Records and Allegro Corporation
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The American Dream
30 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

The American Dream of the dentist David Hurst (Campbell Scott) is complete: he is married with his sweetheart from the dental school, the also dentist Dana (Hope Davis) that works with him and is an aspirant opera singer; he has three lovely daughters; he lives in a very comfortable house; and he has his own business. David is presently treating the troubled blunt musician Slater (Denis Leary), having a complicated relationship with his client. When David glances his wife in the backstage of the theater before a presentation of Nabucco, he sees a man caressing her and he imagines she is having an affair. The repressed David becomes mentally ill and uses Slater as his alter-ego to express his anger while fantasizing the relationship of his wife and fighting to keep his marriage.

"The Secret Life of the Dentists" is an original and refreshing movie about the common crisis of long-term marriage. The story is centered in the thoughts of the character of Campbell Scott, who is suspicious of his wife and imagines his world and the American Dream falling apart if his beloved unfaithful wife leaves him. The character of his wife is only passive, keeping the mystery of her behavior until the excellent and never corny conclusion. This film is recommended for mature audiences only, otherwise the viewer may not understand the feelings and behavior of the two lead characters. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Vida Secreta dos Dentistas" ("The Secret Life of the Dentists")


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