The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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A successful veternarian & radio show host with low self-esteem asks her model friend to impersonate her when a handsome man wants to see her.

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  • Janeane Garofalo and Ben Chaplin in The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
  • Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo in The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
  • Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo in The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

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21 April 2001 | TuckMN
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| "You can love your pets -- you just can't 'love' your pets."
This film is an absolute gem, showcasing the incredible talents of Janeane Garofalo and highlighting the physical beauty of Uma Thurman (and Ben Chaplin). It is an incredibly well crafted and well-written film due to the efforts of director Michael Lehmann and author Audrey Wells. If there were ever any doubts as to the acting ability of Ms Garofalo this film will put them to rest. There are scenes in which she is positively luminescent as the 'voice on the radio' – Dr Abby Barnes. This film was to be a star vehicle for Uma Thurman: she has top billing both in the opening title sequence and in the closing credits. She also has the personal assistant, personal makeup and hair and even a personal acting coach! But she has worked on just 12 films since 'Cats and Dogs' was released and Ms Garofalo has completed 39! Janeane steals the show (again)! The story is derivative: Basically it is the Cyrano story; however, it is given new life and freshness by the appealing characters and plot twists. I must admit that I am a bit tired of Janeane Garofalo playing the 'ugly' girl roles. She is far from ugly and really should be playing the romantic characters more often. This really is an outstanding film – the scenes with 'Hank' steal the show and the late-night telephone conversation between Abby and Brian should not to be missed.

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