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The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 26 April 1996 (USA)
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A successful veternarian & radio show host with low self-esteem asks her model friend to impersonate her when a handsome man wants to see her.

Director:

Michael Lehmann

Writer:

Audrey Wells
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... Noelle
Janeane Garofalo ... Abby
Ben Chaplin ... Brian
Jamie Foxx ... Ed
James McCaffrey ... Roy
Richard Coca ... Eric
Stanley DeSantis ... Mario
Antoinette Valente ... Susan
Mitch Rouse ... Bee Man
La Tanya M. Fisher La Tanya M. Fisher ... Emily
Faryn Einhorn Faryn Einhorn ... Child Model
David Cross ... Voice of Male Radio Caller / Bookstore Man
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Female Radio Caller (voice)
Bob Odenkirk ... Bookstore Man
Dechen Thurman Dechen Thurman ... Bookstore Cashier
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Storyline

Janeane Garofalo plays Dr. Abby Barnes, the "Truth About Cats and Dogs" radio question-and-answer show host who unwittingly entices a listener over the radio with her soothing voice and personality. This listener, Brian, tries to meet the Abby from the radio, but Noelle, played by Uma Thurman, is mistaken for the real thing when Brian comes to the studio. Instead of clearing things up right away, the self-conscious Abby allows her best friend, Noelle, a tall, stunning blonde, to take her place for a while. Abby takes on the made-up persona of Donna, while thinking Brian would never go for her, a short, cute, brunette, who thinks she's unattractive. As the real Abby woos Brian over the phone and radio, Noelle, the pseudo-Abby, takes her place in the flesh. As time goes on, Abby feels more and more confident that Brian would rather have the beautiful Noelle than the simply attractive Abby. Written by Joelsef <joelsef@geocities.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Brian's about to discover the woman he loves isn't the woman he loves.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for a sex-related scene and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdad acerca de perros y gatos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,655, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$34,073,143, 11 August 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Janeane Garofalo has been quite vocal about how unhappy she was with the film. Initially it was an independent film, but it was turned into a big-studio project when Uma Thurman signed on. Garofalo remarked,"I think it's soft and corny. The soundtrack makes you want to puke. And everybody's dressed in Banana Republic clothing. The original script and intent was very different. It was supposed to be a small-budget independent film, with a lot more complexity to the characters. When it became a studio commercial film, Abby and the guy wind up together at the end." Garofalo has since disowned the film, calling it anti-feminist. See more »

Goofs

Abby's bathroom door goes from closed to open then closed again, when Brian is confronting Abby and Noelle. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Abby Barnes: How's it going?
Brian: Yeah, well, he snores, which was a problem, um, but we solved it.
Dr. Abby Barnes: How'd you do that?
Brian: Well, he slept on my face and I couldn't hear him any more.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening scene, when Janeane Garofalo is about to get on the elevator, as the credits come to an end, Micheal Lehmann's credit is crushed by the elevator doors. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.58 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Do I Begin
Written by Jill Sobule and Jimmy Rip
Performed and Produced by Jill Sobule
Jill Sobule appears courtesy of Lava Records / Atlantic Records
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It's called irony
1 April 2003 | by Moviestar-6See all my reviews

I see a lot of comments on here that say how Janeane Garofalo is actually more attractive in this movie than Uma Thurman. The way I see it, this is deliberate (which should be evident by the fact that this is the only movie where Uma is not what I would call attractive, and her attractiveness in this movie is a big deal). By making the "ugly girl" beautiful, and the "hot chick" unattractive, it creates an irony which forces the audience to look at how they view women in the real world. Because in the real world, women who look like Janeane Garofalo ARE considered less attractive than tall, skinny blondes. Or maybe it's just because you're not allowed to be a movie star if you're ugly, so they couldn't find anyone else. Either way, this is one of my favorite romantic comedies, if not my all-time favorite. 10/10


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