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The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 26 April 1996 (USA)
2:00 | Trailer
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.


Michael Lehmann


Audrey Wells
2 nominations. See more awards »





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 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 ... Bookstore Cashier


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


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


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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Did You Know?


In the scene where Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo are in the bookstore, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are in the background looking at a large shelf of books. See more »


When Roy leaves Noelle's apartment after the slanging match in the hall with Abby, Abby's hair changes sides during Noelle's apology. See more »


Noelle: What is this? Is this cat hair?
Dr. Abby Barnes: I'm shedding. I'm extremely nervous.
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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 »


Referenced in Fresh Off the Boat: Coming from America (2016) See more »


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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I have to tell you something...
19 November 2016 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

When I read the synopsis for "The Truth About Cats & Dogs" I was hoping that it would not be another one of those overly sappy and corny romantic comedy that the movie industry tends to spew out by the dozens. And I was hoping it would be more than such, especially because it had Janeane Garofalo on the cast list.

I sat down to watch it in 2016, 20 years after it was released. And this was actually the first time that I have seen it, believe it or not.

And it turned out that "The Truth About Cats & Dogs" was a rather enjoyable movie, and one that did offer a bit more than your average run-of-the-mill romantic comedies.

The story is about low self-esteemed radio show host Abby who gives a caller named Brian some good advice on how to befriend a dog. And when Brian wants to repay her for her helpful advice, Abby turns to Noelle, a tall model living in her building, to stand in for her and pretend to be her.

Of course, there are elements of classic romantic comedy to "The Truth About Cats & Dogs", but it does have more than just that. I liked the aspect of the switched roles and pretending to be someone you are not, as it offered a different approach to the story.

And the cast in "The Truth About Cats & Dogs" was just phenomenal. Uma Thurman and Ben Chaplin were doing great jobs and were nicely cast. However, it was Jeneane Garofalo who stole the scene, without a doubt. With her amazing on-screen charisma and presence, she just carried the movie so well on her shoulders. She was an absolute delight to witness in this movie.

I was more than genuinely entertained by "The Truth About Cats & Dogs" and it turned out to be a much better movie than I had hoped. So if you haven't already seen his movie, and if you enjoy romantic comedies, then I can more than warmly recommend that you take the time to sit down and watch "The Truth About Cats & Dogs".

"The Truth About Cats & Dogs" scores a solid six out of ten stars rating from me.

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Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,769,363, 28 April 1996

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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