|The Truth About Cats & Dogs
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- Janeane Garofalo is GREAT!
I would have to say that is one of her best films, I was hesitant to rent it because the cover looked cheesy but once i watched it i fell in love with it! So i watched it a couple more times, jeaneane is a really good comedian! this is worth buying or renting!...more info
- New Spin On Age-Old Fable
Remember what your mother always used to tell you? "Don't judge a book by it's cover?" Well, that theroy once again pops up in the comedy/romance The Truth About Cats and Dogs. It casts Garafalo as a radio talk show host who helps people with pet problems. When one caller asks her out on a date, she stands him up amd he shows up at her office the next day... What follows is a case of switched identities and mayhem, with Thurman pretending to be Garafalo and Garafalo pretending to be "Tadonna", a goat cheese maker. It may not always be totally beliveable, but it's enjoyable the whole way through. It also raises interesting questions about the sexual preferences between men and women. I found myself trying a few of these out on school mates. (Ex. If you were locked up in the Bio-Sphere for a year, who would you take with you? Playboy's playmate of the year or Time Magazine's Woman of the Year?) A good time alone, but also makes a great date movie. (And by the way, Garafalo doesn't look that bad!)...more info
- IT'S ONLY ME BUT:
GREAT LIGHT HEARTED ROMANTIC MOVIE ABOUT TWO FIREND. ONE A TAALL BLOND AND ONE A SHORT BRUNET. THE SHORT BRUNET THINKS SHE HAS TO BE A TALL BLOND TO FIND LOVE. JM...more info
- The Truth About The Truth About Cats & Dogs
This movie is a romcom, AKA romantic comedy, and the twist is that the smart, short girl gets the guy, not the tall blonde model, Noelle (Uma Thurman). Dr. Abby Barnes (Janeane Garofalo) is a veterinarian with a call in radio show, but low self esteem when it comes to men. Brian (Ben Chaplin) is a caller with a dog problem. He got a big dog from the pound for a photo shoot, and put the pooch on roller skates. The dog is destroying the house, but he can't get him off the skates. Abby talks him through it, and he ends up bonding with the dog. He tries to arrange a face-to-face meeting, to thank her, and also, because he is attracted to her. Duh. She doesn't show up for the rendezvous, but then a series of seemingly random events conspire to make him think that Abby's attractive neighbor Noelle is the woman he has been speaking to.
Janeane is used to playing the friend. In Reality Bites, she was really a hoot, but the story focused on Winona Ryder. She was just the back story, an after thought, really. Even though she had a lot going on, it was all Winona, Winona, Winona. In this film, however, they really get you to be more interested in Abby, and Noelle is cute and a nice if not too bright person, but she is so boring that you are really more attracted to Abby, and you don't even notice that they never even tie the loose ends up with Noelle and the jerks she dates, like Roy. Maybe she could've hooked up with Ed (Jamie Foxx), Brian's friend. I'm surprised that she didn't hook up with anyone, but the story is really about Brian and Abby, and they live happily ever after (or don't, just so I am not spoiling the end for anyone who hasn't seen this).
This is a well made romcom and I wasn't asking too much of it, but neither was I disappointed. Garofalo wise cracks her way through with much aplomb, but seeing her jokes on paper, they aren't nearly as funny. Guess it is just her deadpan delivery and comic timing. Another thing I will say is that they handled the preposterous plot well, and didn't just get sloppy and think, who cares? This is just a romcom. Preposterous, yes, but plausible the way it was filmed, and they never ignore the laws of physics or violate the time-space continuum.
The movie also has cute cats & dogs. Abby has a cat that looks just like my cat, Felix. A fluffy black and white cat with a cute black nose. Hank is the big dog that Brian adopts. Hank is kind of like Marmaduke, the dog in the newspaper comics. It was good, but I am only giving it 3 stars.
Uma Thurman .... Noelle
The Accidental Husband (2008) .... Dr. Emma Lloyd
The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) .... Diana McFee
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) .... Jenny Johnson / G-Girl
The Producers (2005) .... Ulla
Prime (2005) .... Rafi Gardet
Be Cool (2005) .... Edie Athens
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) .... Beatrix Kiddo - The Bride, 'Black Mamba'
Paycheck (2003) .... Dr. Rachel Porter
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) .... The Bride
Hysterical Blindness (2002) (TV) .... Debby Miller
Chelsea Walls (2001) .... Grace
Tape (2001) .... Amy Randall
The Golden Bowl (2000) .... Charlotte Stant
Vatel (2000) .... Anne de Montausier
Sweet and Lowdown (1999) .... Blanche
The Avengers (1998) .... Emma Peel
Mis¨¦rables, Les (1998) .... Fantine
Gattaca (1997) .... Irene Cassini
Batman & Robin (1997) .... Poison Ivy / Dr. Pamela Isley
Beautiful Girls (1996) .... Andera
A Month by the Lake (1995) .... Miss Beaumont
Pulp Fiction (1994) .... Mia Wallace
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) .... Sissy Hankshaw
Mad Dog and Glory (1993) .... Glory
Jennifer Eight (1992) .... Helena Robertson
Final Analysis (1992) .... Diana Baylor
Robin Hood (1991/I) (TV) .... Maid Marian
Henry & June (1990) .... June Miller
Where the Heart Is (1990) .... Daphne McBain
Dangerous Liaisons (1988) .... C¨¦cile de Volanges
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) .... Venus/Rose
Kiss Daddy Goodnight (1988) .... Laura
Johnny Be Good (1988) .... Georgia Elkans
Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984) (voice: English version) .... Kushana
Janeane Garofalo .... Dr. Abby Barnes
Reality Bites (10th Anniversary Edition) (1994) .... Vickie Miner
The Cable Guy (Full Screen) (1996) .... Medieval Times Waitress
Touch (1997) / Movie (1997) .... Kathy Worthington. Not the same as Ben Chaplin's film with Michelle Yeoh, but this one has Tom Arnold, Christopher Walken, Bridgett Fonda, John Doe (of X), Gina Gershon, and LL Cool J.
Cop Land (1997) .... Deputy Cindy Betts
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) .... Heather Mooney
Dog Park (1998) .... Jeri
Mystery Men (1999) .... The Bowler. A super hero spoof with Ben Stiller and Hank Azira.
Ratatouille (2007) (voice) .... Colette
Ben Chaplin .... Brian
The Remains of the Day (Special Edition) (1993) .... Charlie, Head Footman
Birthday Girl (2001) .... John. Ben Chaplin co-starred with Nicole Kidman.
Murder by Numbers (2002) .... Sam Kennedy. Here Ben is opposite Sandra Bullock.
The Touch (2002) .... Eric. Michelle Yeoh and Ben this time.
Jamie Foxx .... Ed
Booty Call (1997) .... Bunz
Ray (Widescreen Edition) (2004/I) .... Ray Charles. Jamie was awesome as Ray Charles, and for that he won a well deserved Oscar.
I thought there would be some good quotes from this, some of Garofalo's zingers, but looking back, I couldn't find any. So here's one from another movie.
A Few Good Men:
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Col. Jessep: [shouts] You can't handle the truth!
- Good Title
This film has one fundamental flaw of logic: What on Earth is supposed to be wrong with the way Janeane Garofolo looks?!! Her acting chops are certainly not lacking either. She is as good an actor as she is beautiful. But don't get me wrong, I'll never be blind to Uma Thurman's charms! This is a very good, though slightly formulaic comedy that still manages to get in a few barbs about our appearance-obsessed society and about how we can all sometimes be stung by a momentary lapse of self-esteem. Janeane, you're a great talent and I wish you very well....more info
- Uma good, but Janeane is the star
This is the movie that made me crazy in love with Garofalo. Although it is a light "romantic comedy" that can be taken without weight, it actually has subtexts of low self esteem, isolation, and ill-conceived love interests that everyone can relate to. Of course it is going to end happily, but it has a truth about it that allows this movie to rise above its genre....more info
- Great Fun
I thought this film was witty and very charming, Janeane Garofalo was clearly the star and Ben Chaplin also gave a great performance as her love interest, i highly reccommend this film to all.By the end of the film you really wanted Abby to tell Brian how she felt. Very Entertaining and definitely up there in my top ten comedy movies....more info
- Great Romantic Comedy
It's a rare event to find a movie that combines comedy, a look inside the human condition, and bittersweet romance all in one, but this movie does just that. Although the plot may be somewhat hackneyed, the actors do a superb job in carrying it off. Kudos as well to the writers and director - the ending had me getting maudlin, something which I try and avoid if possible... By all means buy this video for your home collection!...more info
- Admitting who you are and understanding what you're worth...
It goes to show that some of the most incredible people don't know what they are really worth. One of my favorite movies because it puts the "average" woman up against a "supermodel" type. Abby is someone all women identify with. She is our insecurity, but tames it (and makes us laugh at the crazy things we do to hang on to it). Watch this and "The Matchmaker."...more info
- Janeane Garofalo is a woman to die for...
This movie is great. The movie portrays the insecurities of a person who does not think he or she is phsically attractive rather accurately. I'm really glad the guy ended up with the smart girl. The only problem with the movie is the "idea" that Janeane Garofalo isn't pretty... SHE IS, DAMN IT!!!! However, she was the perfect embodiment of a really insecure person.... Loved the dog too.... A great date movie......more info
- Cute romantic formula
I didn't know why I liked this movie so much but I think I've figured it out. Janeane Garofalo has such presence on screen that she just shines. And I think that the movie goes to pains to present her as anything BUT unattractive.(She has a brilliant sense of humour, she is adorably cute, she manages to get the lead guy to like her for her conversation alone, she has a great intelligent job, she is a talented musician, she has a good heart and even though it hurts her, she sits back and reluctantly watches her friend take the guy she loves out of her reach) Actually, I got the idea that the movie tried to make Uma unattractive to compromise (she isn't particularly intelligent, picks bad men, doesn't get her dream job or guy and ends up taking the backseat to her shorter, more insecure friend) I think that is a very positive message to everyone - something that other romantic comedies don't do. All these romantic comedies nowadays have the dowdy heroine actually get a physical or social makeover to get the guy (eg. Pretty Woman, She's All That, Never Been Kissed) or are really gorgeous to begin with (Three to Tango, Notting Hill). This sweet, sugary (and genuinely funny) movie is a delight. Ben Chaplin is gorgeous in a nervous jittery way and completely suits the part of the sweet, naive lovestruck Brian. Janeane Garofalo and Uma Thurman as Abby and Noelle respectively complement each other perfectly and both have proved to be more than just ditsy romantic comedy love interests. And one adorable pooch steals the show. I would recommend it for anyone who actually wants a decent romantic viewing with a little emotional reality....more info
- Deceiving title but a Darling movie!
The title had me expecting some sort of a sexually oriented theme, but this is a movie you can let your children watch. Although adults will appreciate a lot more of it than they might.
Not only that, it's plain FUNNY at the same time it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering just when the real truth will finally get spilt!
I was also amazed to see actual "phone sex" that was very cleanly done without a bit of nudity or X rated words getting involved at all. This scene would likely go over most kid's heads, but the adults sure won't miss it!
This movie is a MUST HAVE addition to any collection!...more info
- I loved it!
this is movie is sooo good! if u don't know the plotline i'll tell ya. this woman (janeane g.) feels ugly but she thinks she has a good personality. she works for a radio station and does a show called the truth about cats and dogs. well, one night uma thurman (who lives across the hall from janeane) gets into a fight with her boyfriend and janeane sticks up for her, and they casually meet. then abby (janeane's name) goes to work and helps this dude (the love interest) with an unruly dog. he wants to meet her BUT... abby gives him uma's name instead, along with description. so the story goes. they both fall for him and they both get hurt. its sooooo good! if it sounds interesting to you then buy it. o yeah.. its kind of a chik flik but guys may like it too...more info
- The truth about this movie
I'm a fan of romantic comedies, but somehow I had missed this one. I decided to watch it after I had read an interview with Janeane Garofalo, in which she mentioned that she had felt "uncomfortable" playing the role of the ugly duckling in this film. After watching it, I can see why she said that.
Regardless of how Garofalo felt or what she said, Cats & Dogs is not a very good romantic comedy. I don't expect actors to "like" all the roles they play; even acting is a job, after all. It's true that Cats & Dogs can be compared to Cyrano de Bergerac, but it has none of the wit and charm of that great romantic comedy classic. It's very dumbed down, as dumb as the cliched blonde that Uma Thurman plays in her role. (I wonder if Thurman felt uncomfortable with her role as well?)
I'm not saying that I didn't fall for some of the manipulative charms of this movie. In pure physical terms I find Garofalo more attractive than Thurman, so I had no problem rooting for the underdog, or undercat, in this story. I imagined, vicariously, meeting someone as pretty, smart, charming, funny, and talented as Abby (Garofalo's character). But this movie tried too hard to convince us that Abby was unattractive, made even worse by the forced and contrived contrast between the "dumb beauty" and the "smart beast." Too much of the dialogue was wasted on the cynical message that only beautiful girls can get great guys, and even that message was muddled because Thurman's character, Noelle, a model, had an abusive boyfriend (not funny!).
Most romantic comedies feature at least one memorable scene. When Harry Met Sally had the restaurant scene. There's Something About Mary had the hair gel scene. Cats & Dogs has a phone sex scene. It was amusing, but it wasn't done with panache and polish. In other words, it's forgettable.
I don't regret watching this movie. I'll watch anything with Garofalo, as she is one of the few actors I feel a little crush for. And no, I don't feel a crush just because she's pretty. She's smart, funny, and witty, too. ...more info
- Mixing up the formula
This movie is privvy to one of the weirdest gimmicks of all time -- what if the romantic lead were actually the side kick and the side kick the romantic lead. You take the normal, formulaic romantic comedy and intentionally and self-consciously cast contrarily so that Janeane Garofalo is the romantic lead and Uma Thurman is her side kick. Moreover, you make no attempt to hide Uma's beauty (remember "Pretty Woman" and Laura San Giocomo costumed to avoid us noticing her). In this case, the whole point is Noelle (Uma Thurman) is prettier than Abby (Janeane Garafalo). This is brought to a head by Brian (Ben Chaplin) who calls in to Abby's veterinary radio show and finds himself intrigued by the woman he speaks to on the telephone. The problem enters when Abby, thinking he would rather date Noelle, introduces Noelle as herself. This would be alright if this guy were a one night stand, but he is serious and real and wants the charming woman he met on the telephone. Even he begins to notice that Noelle (despite her obvious charms) is not that woman. In the only sex scene in the movie (conducted via telephone) Brian and Abby finally do come together, but her deception, born of insecurity, thwarts them. Finally it is Noelle who cracks, her love for Abby overcoming her lust for Brian and all is made right....more info
- The Animal Kingdom
The Truth About Cats and Dogs is a thoroughly enjoyable, refreshing movie. Janeane Garofalo uses her bread and butter acting technique of playing a cynical, depressed, miserable, pessimistic character who sees herself as an ugly duckling who no man could want.
Of course, she's not really acting. That's really her: lock, stock, and barrel. The miserable, pessimistic, vicious act isn't an act at all.
The fly in the ointment to this movie is that Uma Thurman is not a knockout. Of course, some men would prefer the tall, thin blonde over the short brunette, but the basis of the movie hinges on Uma being the gorgeous woman and Janeane being average. But it doesn't work when you believe it's the other way around. Uma Thurman has certainly looked good in some movies, but she looks haggard here.
Bottom Line: A good film about the "ugly duckling" getting the guy. Based on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story, just like Roxanne starring Steve Martin....more info
- Sensitive comedy with true wit.
Writer Audrey Wells has come up with a real gem of a script here, managing to use all the cliches of romantic comedy while somehow making them sound and feel fresh. It helps that the film has Janeane Garofalo, a natural comic talent who doesn't even have to try, in the lead role.
The key to Abby as a character is that in the wrong hands, she could easily have slipped into a disgusting stereotype. Fortunately Garofalo isn't just a comic, but a good actress, and it is the moments of connection (and alienation) that make Abby an enjoyable character and a highly effective heroine. The scenes when she watches her best friend with the man she loves through a window, when she comes clean to Brian about who she really is, and when she is finally united with Brian, are all beautifully acted, remarkably restrained moments that are all the more touching and, by virtue of contrast, make the goofier comic moments believable.
Ben Chaplin makes for a charming and spontaneous love interest and even the erratic Uma Thurman manages to find a little something more than the dumb-blonde type that she so frequently gets saddled with....more info
- Don't judge a book...
A modern twist on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac, this romantic comedy provides viewers with real and sympathetic characters, many laughs, and insight into women's friendships and insecurities. _Truth_ is an excellent portrayal of body image and perception of self in today's young women, and is a fun, if predictable, time besides....more info
- It's not a total dog the two frisky felines are fun to watch
Abbie (Janeane Garofalo) is an animal therapist who hosts a radio talk show. Noelle (Uma Thurman) is a model who dreams of becoming a news anchor. Both women live in the same apartment and one night after a loud fight with her abusive boyfriend Noelle befriends Abbie who comes to her rescue. Abbie resents her because of her good looks and the easy life she thinks that guarantees her. That same day Abbie received a call from a man (Ben Chaplin) who has having dog issues. The two hit it off over the air but when he suggests they meet in person Abbie panics. She recruits Noelle to pose as her since she thinks her good looks will be more appealing. This tired romantic formula results in a relationship built on a case of mistaken identity. Needless to say both women fall for the man and when he discovers their ruse he wants nothing to do with either one of them. It doesn't matter that in the previous scene he professed his undying love to Abbie no matter what she looks like. Both women are playing stereotypes. Garofalo is the "ugly, smart, funny girl" while Thurman is a "tall, dumb blonde". Garofalo is anything but ugly, she's pretty sexy in this movie. Thurman plays into the stereotype but she smartens up as the film progresses. The first forty minutes work best whereas the last half hour is laborious to get through since you know what's going to happen. As it is it's an occasionally funny movie that features great work from Garofalo and Thurman....more info
- The storyline was ok, but nothing you haven't seen before.
What I don't understand is how Janeane gets movie parts? Who is she related to? She is terrible, not funny at all, and a very annoying, flat, nasel delivery. It really was brutal watching her in this film, I had to stop. The animals in the film were very charming and cute, wish I could say the same for the actors in it. Enjoy!...more info
i really in joy this movie it is a pretty fun film....more info
I'm a huge Janeane Garofolo fan to begin with, so my review of her turn in this movie is a bit biased. Suffice it to say that the only thing about this movie I didn't like is the fact that Garofalo's character, with her sense of humor, grace and intellect, still lacked self-confidence. If, however, the intent of the screenplay was to hit home the reality that society, though they've been advised against it for decades, is still judging books by their covers, then I guess it makes sense. Nevertheless, the very concept of two intelligent adults having a seven-hour telephone conversation has got to be the most romantic thing I've seen in a movie containing ZERO nudity in years....more info
- This is nothing special
This movie is nothing special. A movie is truly good if it sticks out in your mind like a sore thumb. Its Ok to rent, but not to buy....more info
- Wickedly ..... serious. I'll try to explain
Two of my absolute favorite women here - Janeane and Uma, so I enjoyed seeing it when it first came out. Then I watched it again last week. Wow what a difference eight years made in my perception.
Alot of humor is funny because there is some underlying truth. But have you ever heard the dead silence following the punch line because a joke struck a little too close to home?
Of all the thousands of actresses they could have picked,... they picked these two, who because they personify so perfectly the sterotypes that are supposed to make this movie so funny..., I didn't laugh as much as I had the first time.
Here are two fabulous women, Jeanane and Uma, who contribute to the life experience of the rest of us here on the planet simply because they exist. Due in part to their humanity and vulnerability, they are gifted actresses (and brillint comedienne and stunning model). But they are also people who I suspect in real life, because of something as arbitrary as the exterior contours of their bodies, also probably suffer because of these external realities.
I know its supposed to be a comedy, but I couldn't help but think about the real life experiences of women like these. Sure I laughed when it was funny, like when Jeanane looks up after the idiot guy breaks her violin bow (who does deadpan, sarcastic, and angst better than Janeane?), and when Uma makes the guy fall off his bike. But I couldn't help but empathize with both women. Sure the ending is sweet, if totally unrealistic. You hope for both women that they will find quality men who understand them, and are worthy of them. But in a movie with "The Truth About..." in its title, you know what the truth really is.
Five stars because I enjoyed it. I wish I could find more of Jeanane in a comedy setting, she is absolutely brilliant, unique, and wonderful (and hot - the phone sex was amazing!). Uma is marvelous, and I hope she does less action work in the future, so her gorgeous personality can come out like I think it did in this movie.
The characters end as friends because they were loyal to each other - the foundation of a great relationship. This was my happy ending (which occured ten or fifteen minutes before the romantic one)!...more info
- Good Date Movie, 20 Minutes Too Long
Terrific casting and a good date movie but it drags rather badly for the last half hour, needed to be about twenty minutes shorter. I still remember seeing it at the theater with a date. DVD has great visual quality....more info
- Not Another Dumb Blonde Movie The Truth Is Here!
The Truth About Cats And Dogs could be another beautiful blonde gets hero movie. But thanks to clever writing and A great standout performance from Janeane Garofalo who should have gotten top billing this movie standsout among great date movies. With A big loveable dog named Hank who happens to wear roller skates this movie just rolls right along....more info
- An utterly delightful romantic comedy
Every half decade or so, we get another remake of CYRANO DE BERGERAC. This one, luckily, is one of the very best. Now, I really love this movie, and have seen it with great delight on several occasions, but it is also quite disingenuous. The men who play Cyrano or the Cyrano type character are usually either unattractive or made to be quite unattractive (as in ROXANNE, where Steve Martin is given the prosthetic nose of the ages). But Janeane Garofalo is gorgeous, and has always been gorgeous. Short, perhaps (personally, I love short), and not razor thin like Uma Thurman, but absolutely no one with eyes would ever look at her and think anything but, "Wow!" And the cutest smile this side of Julia Roberts. So, in this sense, the movie cheats. Instead of an unattractive woman playing the Cyrano role, we have an extraordinarily cute one. It is a bit like some of Olivia de Havilland's films, in which she, a remarkably beautiful woman, is supposed to be playing a plain one.
That said, this is a completely endearing light comedy. Garofalo plays a woman who does a radio pet advice show, brought into contact over the air with Ben Chaplin, whose dog has a problem. A comedy of errors ensues, as Uma Thurman pretends to be the off air shy Garofalo. Part of the delight of the film is the way the two women manage to perpetuate the misunderstanding, and the way that Chaplin and Garofalo fall in lover over the phone. This is a formula film, in that you know just about everything that is going to happen in the film from the very beginning, but the film is so fresh and innovative in bringing everything to pass, that it never feels like a formula pic.
Slight correction to the editorial review. I believe that Henry the Dog is a Bull Mastiff, not a Great Dane. One of my best friends has a dog (Bella) who looks exactly like Henry, but who is most decidedly a Bull Mastiff. That's the truth about this particular dog....more info