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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)
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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 Flora Martínez ... Female Patient (as Flora Martinez)
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Storyline

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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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: Now, you should really listen to her because she is on the ball.
Leah: Nobody asked you, ya big slimebucket!
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Referenced in The TV Set (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Lost Souls
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Indie gem - one of the year's best films
11 August 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE SECRET LIFE OF DENTISTS (2003) ***1/2 Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney, Gianna Beleno, Cassidy Hinkle, Lydia Jordan. Filmmaker Alan Rudolph plumbs the depths of dark social comedy with this ingenious adaptation of Jane Smiley's novel 'The Age of Grief' with a skillful screenplay by playwright Craig Lucas about a reasonably happily married couple (Scott and Davis at career highs here showcasing his trademark cerebral comic capabilities and her patented chilly brittleness) whose dental practice together serves a razor-sharp metaphor for their suddenly troubled relationship when the seed of doubt is planted by the assumption of Scott that Davis is having an affair only to be manipulated by his over-active imagination imbued by an alter ego he sees in the form of a sarcastic patient (Leary doing some of his snappy disgruntled shtick to full effect) who allows his blacker sides to show. Family life has never been more keenly observed in this funny and surprisingly poignant look at how marriage can be a true test of faith in a complacent lifestyle of empty fulfillment. Has the feel of a latter day John Cheever parable of suburban hell. Point of interest, this film re-unites the protagonist trio from Scott's experimental film 'Final' a year ago.


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