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The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)

R | | Drama | 29 August 2003 (USA)
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An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writers:

Jane Smiley (novel), Craig Lucas (screenplay)
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Campbell Scott ... David Hurst
Denis Leary ... Slater
Robin Tunney ... Laura
Peter Samuel Peter Samuel ... Larry
Hope Davis ... Dana Hurst
Jon Patrick Walker ... Mark
Gianna Beleno Gianna Beleno ... Lizzie Hurst
Lydia Jordan ... Stephanie Hurst
Cassidy Hinkle ... Leah Hurst
Adele D'Man ... Carol
Kathleen Kinhan Kathleen Kinhan ... Virgin
Sara Lerch Sara Lerch ... Virgin
Lori Mirabal Lori Mirabal ... Virgin
Mark Ethan ... Conductor
Flora Martínez ... Female Patient (as Flora Martinez)
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The movie centers on a dentist who has a strange dream that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vida secreta de un dentista See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,769, 3 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,707,201, 28 December 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

With an opera singer wife, he should have known to tell his daughters to shout "Brava!" and not "Bravo!" for their mother's performance. See more »

Quotes

Slater: These children are monsters, they should be struck... can I hit them?
David Hurst: No.
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Nabucco
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Giangiacomo Guelfi, Gianni Raimondi, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elena Suliotis, Gloria Lane,
Giovanni Foiani, Piero De Palma, Mirella Fiorentini
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Courtesy of Opera D'Oro Records and Allegro Corporation
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Go with no expectations.

First of all, the front page review for this movie makes me wonder if the person actually watched the film. Or perhaps s/he got up to get some popcorn during an especially critical scene, but we definitely do find out whether or not David (Campbell Scott) is correct is in belief that Dana (Hope Davis) is having an affair.

Secondly, this was a good, honest character driven movie. I was shocked at the low overall score, and I wonder whether most moviegoers these days lack the patience or attention span required to sit through a film whose sole purpose is to take the audience on a tour through the characters' relationships and private hopes, fears, and desires. There is virtually no action (in the typical Hollywood sense), no flash, and no monumental act of god or nature that is meant to shock. Instead, this is a film that all of us should be able to relate to on the most simple, human levels. It examines those day to day pieces of life that we take for granted, but which quietly take their toll. Perhaps the most profound line in the film is when Davis' character tells her husband that she expected their marriage to "get wider...but instead it just got smaller." The film reminded me a lot of another character-driven film about misunderstandings, dysfunctional relationships, and the inability to communicate: "You Can Count on Me." Both films are deeply intelligent, and both require their audiences to be as open and honest in what they allow themselves to get from the film as the movie is in giving it. In a nutshell, you will get out of this film what you are willing to put in. That being said, it's not for everyone. If you like fast action, melodrama, and lots of flash and glitter, this film is not for you. In you like a contemplative, honest piece of art, check it out.


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