Sgt. Bilko is a well-liked conman in charge of the army base's motor pool, developing a hover tank and unofficially of gambling etc. One man hates Bilko and he's coming to inspect the base for possible closure.
Around 1940, The New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character, who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund, and who is writing a... See full summary »
With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a wacky weatherman tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early 1990s Los Angeles.
Richard E. Grant
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
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 »
On all drug vials in the movie, "pharmaceuticals" is misspelled "pharmacueticals." See more »
You were supposed to show up here at 7:30 in the morning.
Ah, in the morning, I thought you meant 7:30 at night.
I'm not giving you anymore prescriptions, so you can just leave.
I came here to get my tooth fixed. Now are you going to do that, or not?
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Thanks to the Atkins family, the Mones family and the Rosenberg family. See more »
First of all, do NOT set preconceived notions about how Steve Martin does comedy only. Actors are "actors" and one shouldn't forget that they play character roles. I.e. People like Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey doing dramatic stuff from a comedic background. Novocaine set up a metaphorical analysis of a life crisis through the eyes of a dedicated dentist. Imagine if all you ever thought about were teeth and the only way you could describe things in life were in relation to teeth ("Lies are like a tooth decay..."). Steve Martin was at one time considered to play the lead role in Eyes Wide Shut because Kubrick loved the way he acted. And let's not forget his background as a previous dentist in Little Shop of Horrors (tangent, but relative in a way). There were parts of the movie that sort of dragged, when you felt like "Oh now this is going on...now what..." But overall I felt that in this pseudo Twilight Zone movie, it had remnants of classical suspense movies where critical situations were totally embellished and overanalyzed (something to the extent of Body Snatchers - 1956). Therefore, if you want something in a dark comedic tone and want to venture into a new realm of Steve Martin, then take a shot of Novocaine (ha ha..no pun intended).
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