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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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David Hurst
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Laura
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Larry
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Dana Hurst
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Mark
Gianna Beleno ...
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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$121,769 (USA) (3 August 2003)

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$3,707,201 (USA) (28 December 2003)
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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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References The Boys from Brazil (1978) See more »

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Written & Performed by Craig Wedren
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As Good As The Type Can Be
7 June 2004 | by (Panama) – See all my reviews

First of all, the casting was excellent. This was a difficult script to cast. The story and the characters are what they are. There are two dentists (husband & wife): dentistry like accounting has its stereotypes, but these characters as acted are "type."

The film is about marriage, and the preservation of family in the face of imperfection, disappointment, disillusionment, and reality. Family is good, but difficult. Marriage can be good, but is always challenging.

This story is as long and ponderous as the trials of life. The narration is great, with originality - especially for the brand of story. The subject matter is depicted with monstrous understanding. Only someone who hasn't struggled with glints of success through most of the parts of family and marriage, might not find understanding.

Comedy is rarely so genuine, and the humanity of this work is pervasive. 'Lives of Dentists' is not going to change society, but it may help a few marriages to re-evaluate, and a few families to re-connect.


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