The Truth About Cats & Dogs

Starring: Ben Chaplin, Janeane Garofalo & Uma Thurman Director: Michael Lehmann  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
The Truth About Cats & Dogs
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"If you were trapped in Biosphere II for three years, who would you bring' Time magazine's Woman of the Year or Playboy's Playmate of the Year'"
  - Abby (Janeane Garofalo)
"You and I together make the perfect woman."--Noelle (Uma Thurman)
"No, you and I together make the perfect political prisoner. What we really do well is act self-righteous and starve."
  - Abby

Entertainment Reviews:

Premiere - 04/01/1996
"...[Garofalo forges] the path for a newfangled cinematic heroine..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/1996
"...Its spirited banter cleverly disguises its critique of the cultural importance of physical appearance....[Garafalo gives] a rich performance..."
USA Today - 04/26/1996
"...Uma Thurman proves she's equally adept at goofy and gorgeous..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/26/1996
"...[Garofalo] comes into her own as a romantic star..." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 04/08/1996
"...Charming performances....Garofalo has quickly established herself as a real presence with a perfectly droll delivery, while Thurman is shown off to good effect..."
New York Times - 04/26/1996
"...Directed with steady laughs and disarming comic finesse....Ms. Garofalo shows a look of resignation that's truly and unexpectedly heartbreaking..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/26/1996
"...[A] warmhearted, quick-footed comedy....[Garofalo] is so likable, so sympathetic, so revealing of her character's doubts and desires, that she carries us headlong into the story..."

Product Description:

In this modern variation of CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Abby (Janeane Garofalo) is a savvy, witty veterinarian who hosts a radio show about pets. She and a caller named Brian (Ben Chaplin) are drawn to each other while talking during her show, but when Brian asks Abby to describe herself, the average-looking woman cannot resist offering a description of her statuesque, gorgeous, and slightly dim-witted neighbor, Noelle (Uma Thurman), instead. Later, Brian makes a surprise visit to the radio station just when Noelle also happens to be there--and naturally thinks she's Abby. Scared of what might happen if Brian learned the truth, Abby asks Noelle to continue the masquerade. To complicate matters more, Brian is such a wonderful guy that both women fall for him. Will Abby--or Noelle--fess up to Brian' And will either one win his heart' Michael Lehmann (HEATHERS, AIRHEADS) directed this romantic comedy that tackles friendship, loyalty, matters of the heart, and the things that make people fall in love.

Plot Synopsis:

Abby, a talk-radio veterinarian whose self-perceived lack of attractiveness masks her wit and warmth, recruits her neighbor, the beautiful but not so bright Noelle, to act as her stand-in when she makes a date over the phone with Brian. Cyrano-like complications ensue when the charade goes too far and both women fall for Brian, who is attracted to the combination of Abby's personality and Noelle's beauty. Michael Lehmann directed this good-hearted romantic comedy.

Plot Keywords:

Deception | Love Story | Love Triangle | Recommended | Romance | Romantic Comedy | Self-Discovery | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: April 26, 1996.
  • Screenwriter-producer Audrey Wells is a former disc jockey. She made her feature-film directing debut in 1999 with GUINEVERE, starring Sarah Polley and Stephen Rea.

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  • Sales Rank: 127,669
  • UPC: 013132436692
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