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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.

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... Noelle
... Abby
... Brian
... Ed
... Roy
... Eric
... Mario
... Susan
... Bee Man
La Tanya M. Fisher ... Emily
Faryn Einhorn ... Child Model
... Voice of Male Radio Caller / Bookstore Man
... Female Radio Caller (voice)
... Bookstore Man
Dechen Thurman ... Bookstore Cashier
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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>

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

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Comedy | Romance

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

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26 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adevarul despre câini si pisici  »

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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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Trivia

Janeane Garofalo later became a co-host on Air America Radio's "The Majority Report" alongside Sam Seder. See more »

Goofs

Abby's mug disappears when she comforts Noelle. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Abby Barnes: If I was a guy, I think women would, like, line up to go out with me. I'm smart. I have a good sense of humor. I make a great living.
Noelle: I'd fuck you.
Dr. Abby Barnes: Thank you, honey. I know you would.
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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 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Better Off Dead (2009) See more »

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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 See 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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