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The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)

R | | Drama | 29 August 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hurst
Peter Samuel ...
Dana Hurst
Gianna Beleno ...
Lizzie Hurst
Stephanie Hurst
Leah Hurst
Kathleen Kinhan ...
Sara Lerch ...
Lori Mirabal ...
Mark Ethan ...
Female Patient (as Flora Martinez)


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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Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vida secreta de un dentista  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$121,769 (USA) (1 August 2003)


$3,707,201 (USA) (26 December 2003)

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Indie gem - one of the year's best films
11 August 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE SECRET LIFE OF DENTISTS (2003) ***1/2 Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney, Gianna Beleno, Cassidy Hinkle, Lydia Jordan. Filmmaker Alan Rudolph plumbs the depths of dark social comedy with this ingenious adaptation of Jane Smiley's novel 'The Age of Grief' with a skillful screenplay by playwright Craig Lucas about a reasonably happily married couple (Scott and Davis at career highs here showcasing his trademark cerebral comic capabilities and her patented chilly brittleness) whose dental practice together serves a razor-sharp metaphor for their suddenly troubled relationship when the seed of doubt is planted by the assumption of Scott that Davis is having an affair only to be manipulated by his over-active imagination imbued by an alter ego he sees in the form of a sarcastic patient (Leary doing some of his snappy disgruntled shtick to full effect) who allows his blacker sides to show. Family life has never been more keenly observed in this funny and surprisingly poignant look at how marriage can be a true test of faith in a complacent lifestyle of empty fulfillment. Has the feel of a latter day John Cheever parable of suburban hell. Point of interest, this film re-unites the protagonist trio from Scott's experimental film 'Final' a year ago.

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