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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

When is taking photographs of Abby, he switches from a tripod-mounted to a camera to a hand held camera. When he does this, he doesn't change the flash to the new camera (the flash hot shoe is shown to have nothing connected), yet the flash still fires. The flashes in question are studio flash heads powered from a remote pack. They are fired via a PC sync cord which can be clearly seen attached to the PC sync socket on the left hand side of each body. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Abby Barnes: [to a radio caller:] Dogs don't like to be left alone. It's not like, when you leave, he goes, "Great, time to finish writing my novel!" No, when their humans leave, dogs get depressed, and they show it.
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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 Nostalgia Critic: Cats & Dogs (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

You Do Something To Me
Written and Performed by Paul Weller
Produced by Brendan Lynch and Paul Weller
Courtesy of Go! Discs/London Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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It would never happen- but sweet
20 November 1999 | by Meredith-7See all my reviews

This film is really sweet, even more so if you are an animal lover. The three leads are all perfectly cast, with Janeane Garofalo doing an absolutely excellent job as the radio show vet whose self-conscious about her image. This film really does stretch credibility, but then most romantic comedies tend to due to their very nature. The dog has to be one of the cutest I have seen in a film- probably because he is a real dog rather than the little dogs that many comedies seem to favor. A very pleasant way to spend 90 minutes.


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