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Novocaine (2001)

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A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him & steals all of the drugs from his practice.

Director:

David Atkins

Writers:

Paul Felopulos (story), David Atkins (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chelcie Ross ... Mike
Steve Martin ... Frank Sangster
Laura Dern ... Jean Noble
Lynne Thigpen ... Pat
Polly Noonan Polly Noonan ... Sally
Helena Bonham Carter ... Susan
JoBe Cerny JoBe Cerny ... Pharmacist Wayne Ponze
Elias Koteas ... Harlan Sangster
Yasen Peyankov ... 'Sunshine Lounge' Bartender
Scott Caan ... Duane
Teri Cotruzzola Teri Cotruzzola ... Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet Lucina Paquet ... Mrs. Langston
Preston Maybank Preston Maybank ... Gelding
Sally Kao Sally Kao ... Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong Quincy Wong ... Chinese Husband
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Storyline

Dr. Frank Sangster is a straight-laced dentist who because of one innocent lie, finds his tidy, prosperous life transformed into a comic quagmire of illicit sex, illegal drugs and inexplicable murder in this brilliantly offbeat, bitingly comedic film! Written by Thomas Nudi

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Getting to the root of the problem is like pulling teeth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The second time Steve Martin plays a dentist. The first time was his role in Little Shop of Horrors (1986), as Orin Scrivello, albeit that character was far more "disturbed" than Frank Sangster. See more »

Goofs

A real pharmacist would have phoned the doctor to verify the drug and amount before filling the prescription. See more »

Quotes

Frank: They say home is the place where when you get there they can't turn you away. I guess for my brother Harlan, I was home. I'd never done anything wrong to him, but somehow I always felt I owed him something.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over X Ray images of people. See more »

Connections

References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Gentlehands
Performed by Penny
Written by Frank Egan and David Daignault
Published by Sounds Easy Publishing and P&D Productions
Courtesy of Sounds Easy Studios
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What an unexpected surprise!
7 December 2001 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Novocaine is a very strange film. It doesn't make up its mind whether it's a take off on a genre or is it playing straight. That said, the story has a lot of laughs and it was a complete surprise given the negative comments one had heard about this film. David Watkins' script and direction give this film a different look of what Hollywood is giving us lately. Steve Martin is a very difficult actor to cast and he has to have the right vehicle and direction in order to excel, as he does here. Sometimes Mr. Martin comes across rather shallow in some of his screen portrayals, but as the dentist at the center of this comedy, he is at the top of his craft. Laura Dern is just perfect in her role. She keeps getting better all the time, whether it's comedy, as it is here, or her other film this year, Focus. She's an actress who doesn't repeat herself. She's a true original. Helena Bonham-Carter is perfect as the junkie that appears in Steve Martin's life. Quite a change for her image, better known for her appearances in serious films. This must have been quite a turn around for this actress, better remembered for her work in serious English drama. The most remarkable scenes are those of the great Kevin Bacon as an actor tailing David Keith in preparation for an upcoming police film. He is hilarious as the method actor in search of ways to interpret the real life detective in the movies.

All in all, this is a very satisfying comedy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Novocaine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$418,098, 18 November 2001

Gross USA:

$2,036,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,534,372
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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