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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although this is Janeane Garofalo's first starring role, Uma Thurman naturally got top billing because she was a much more famous name, even though she only gets half the screen time Garofalo does. See more »

Goofs

When Noelle comes to the radio station to replace Abby's bow, she is wearing a jacket. When we then see her in close up the jacket is gone. See more »

Quotes

[over the phone]
Dr. Abby Barnes: Say something.
Brian: I want to make love to you.
Dr. Abby Barnes: Never on the first phone call.
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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

Remade as Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Imagine
Written by Steve Lindsey, Aaron Neville and Brock Walsh
Performed by Aaron Neville
Produced by Steve Lindsey and Brock Walsh
Aaron Neville appears courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Unpleasant truths exposed!
26 March 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

"The Truth About Cats and Dogs" may be a charming and (rare these days) profanity free comedy, but it reveals some unpleasant truths about Hollywood and maybe American society as a whole. Janeane Garofolo plays a veterinarian who dispenses advice about pets on a radio talk show. One male caller is so taken with her voice and personality that he asks her for a physical description and a meeting. Insecure about her looks, the petite brunette describes herself as a tall blonde, and when her admirer appears at the radio station, he is introduced to Uma Thurman, a tall blonde, who agrees to trade places with Garofolo. The message of this film is that the beauty within is more important than physical attractiveness, but the other unintended message is that physical beauty is not in the eye of the beholder but determined by how closely one resembles the seemingly bulimic fashion models plastered on magazine covers. Uma Thurman is a perfect match which is the same as saying she is, in Hollywood's eyes, perfect. I couldn't disagree more. Thurman is a bag of bones and, to my eyes, not at all attractive. Garofolo, who at one point in the film is called "ugly," is, in fact, the woman with the most appeal, physically and in terms of personality. She makes this movie worth remembering.


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