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The Truth About Cats & Dogs

The movie poster.
Directed by Michael Lehmann
Produced by Cari-Esta Albert
Written by Audrey Wells
Starring Janeane Garofalo
Uma Thurman
Ben Chaplin
Jamie Foxx
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Robert Brinkmann
Editing by Stephen Semel
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) April 26, 1996
Running time 97 min.
Language English
Budget Unknown

The Truth About Cats & Dogs is a 1996 American romantic comedy film, starring Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman, Ben Chaplin, and Jamie Foxx. It was directed by Michael Lehmann and written by Audrey Wells. The original music score was composed by Howard Shore.

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Plot summary

Abby Barnes (Garofalo) is a veterinarian, who hosts a Los Angeles radio show called "The Truth About Cats and Dogs." The use of this as the title of the film also suggests the combative nature of male-female romantic relationships. Abby strikes up an unexpected friendship with her neighbour Noelle Slusarsky (Thurman), a traditionally attractive model who is sweet but not very sharp. When Abby makes a blind date with a caller to her show (Chaplin), her insecurity with her own appearance leads her to convince Noelle to pretend to be Abby when meeting the date. Unfortunately both women develop feelings for the man leading to a comedic series of misunderstandings as their unintentional deception grows deeper.

Production

Although the film was a decent commercial success, Garofalo was very unhappy about the film, calling it "anti-feminist" and virtually disowning it.

Coincidentally, several years later Garofalo would become a radio talk show host for real (something she'd maintained for years in interviews that she wanted to do), as she co-hosted The Majority Report on Air America Radio.

Cast

Actor Role
Janeane Garofalo Abby Barnes
Uma Thurman Noelle Slusarsky
Ben Chaplin Brian
Jamie Foxx Ed
James McCaffrey Roy
Richard Coca Eric
Stanley DeSantis Mario
Antoinette Valente Susan
Mitch Rouse Bee Man
David Cross Male Radio Caller (voice)
Bookstore Man
Mary Lynn Rajskub Female Radio Caller (voice)
Bob Odenkirk Bookstore Man

Reception

The film enjoys a 83% 'fresh' rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

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