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The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 26 April 1996 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Michael Lehmann

Writer:

Audrey Wells
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... Noelle
Janeane Garofalo ... Abby
Ben Chaplin ... Brian
Jamie Foxx ... Ed
James McCaffrey ... Roy
Richard Coca ... Eric
Stanley DeSantis ... Mario
Antoinette Valente ... Susan
Mitch Rouse ... Bee Man
La Tanya M. Fisher La Tanya M. Fisher ... Emily
Faryn Einhorn Faryn Einhorn ... Child Model
David Cross ... Voice of Male Radio Caller / Bookstore Man
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Female Radio Caller (voice)
Bob Odenkirk ... Bookstore Man
Dechen Thurman ... Bookstore Cashier
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Storyline

Janeane Garofalo plays Dr. Abby Barnes, the "Truth About Cats and Dogs" radio question-and-answer show host who unwittingly entices a listener over the radio with her soothing voice and personality. This listener, Brian, tries to meet the Abby from the radio, but Noelle, played by Uma Thurman, is mistaken for the real thing when Brian comes to the studio. Instead of clearing things up right away, the self-conscious Abby allows her best friend, Noelle, a tall, stunning blonde, to take her place for a while. Abby takes on the made-up persona of Donna, while thinking Brian would never go for her, a short, cute, brunette, who thinks she's unattractive. As the real Abby woos Brian over the phone and radio, Noelle, the pseudo-Abby, takes her place in the flesh. As time goes on, Abby feels more and more confident that Brian would rather have the beautiful Noelle than the simply attractive Abby. Written by Joelsef <joelsef@geocities.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Brian's about to discover the woman he loves isn't the woman he loves.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for a sex-related scene and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdad acerca de perros y gatos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,769,363, 28 April 1996

Gross USA:

$34,861,807

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,861,807
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Janeane Garofalo has been quite vocal about how unhappy she was with the film. Initially it was an independent film, but it was turned into a big-studio project when Uma Thurman signed on. Garofalo remarked,"I think it's soft and corny. The soundtrack makes you want to puke. And everybody's dressed in Banana Republic clothing. The original script and intent was very different. It was supposed to be a small-budget independent film, with a lot more complexity to the characters. When it became a studio commercial film, Abby and the guy wind up together at the end." Garofalo has since disowned the film, calling it anti-feminist. See more »

Goofs

When Noelle comes to the radio station to replace Abby's bow, she is wearing a jacket. When we then see her in close up the jacket is gone. See more »

Quotes

Brian: Who are you? What is this? Is this some kind of weird game you two play for kicks, you take some guy and see how much you can screw him up!
Abby: No, it was a mistake.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening scene, when Janeane Garofalo is about to get on the elevator, as the credits come to an end, Micheal Lehmann's credit is crushed by the elevator doors. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night of the Living Doo (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

For Once In My Life
Written by Ronald Miller and Orlando Murden
Performed by Dionne Farris
Produced by Randy Jackson and Dionne Farris
Dionne Farris appears courtesy of Columbia Records
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"You can love your pets -- you just can't 'love' your pets."
21 April 2001 | by TuckMNSee all my reviews

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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