An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.


Alan Rudolph


Jane Smiley (novel), Craig Lucas (screenplay)
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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)


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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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There is a boom mic visible in the upper right of the screen in the scene where the father comes to check on the mother while she's sick in the bedroom. As the camera zooms in, the mike disappears from the frame. See more »


Slater: These children are monsters, they should be struck... can I hit them?
David Hurst: No.
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Lilac Wine
Written by J. Shelton
Performed by Jeff Buckley
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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As Good As The Type Can Be
7 June 2004 | by jobeblancSee all my reviews

First of all, the casting was excellent. This was a difficult script to cast. The story and the characters are what they are. There are two dentists (husband & wife): dentistry like accounting has its stereotypes, but these characters as acted are "type."

The film is about marriage, and the preservation of family in the face of imperfection, disappointment, disillusionment, and reality. Family is good, but difficult. Marriage can be good, but is always challenging.

This story is as long and ponderous as the trials of life. The narration is great, with originality - especially for the brand of story. The subject matter is depicted with monstrous understanding. Only someone who hasn't struggled with glints of success through most of the parts of family and marriage, might not find understanding.

Comedy is rarely so genuine, and the humanity of this work is pervasive. 'Lives of Dentists' is not going to change society, but it may help a few marriages to re-evaluate, and a few families to re-connect.

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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$121,769, 3 August 2003

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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