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A local oral surgeon sponsored a private screening for local dentists and their staff members. In other words, the theater was packed with dental professionals. We had a ball! It played very well to our audience, as the movie was technically very good (dentally speaking). Other dental-type movies have left a lot to be desired in that category!
The movie was indeed a comedy, allbeit a dark comedy. It's the kind of humor where you laugh, but with your hand over your mouth to cover up the fact that your humor is a bit deranged. Although, perhaps I am speaking for myself.
Laura Dern, Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, and Kevin Bacon all turn in super performances. It was a fun ride, and the who-done-it guessing game was much fun!
I recommend this movie, especially to the dental community or anyone who is not squeamish!
Frank Sangster, played by Steve Martin, is a suburban dentist who has it all: a thriving practice, an attractive blonde dental hygenist/fiance (Laura Dern) and even a television monitor showing a relaxing travelouge of rustic Italy for patients to watch, as he performs root canals on them. Susan Ivey (Helena Bonham Carter) is the girl all of our mothers warned us about. From the moment she slithers into his office seeking percodan for recreational purposes, we know that this woman will cut a path of murder and mayhem across Sangster's thin veneer of respectability. Helena Bonaham Carter takes a break from costume epics and sizzles as the decandent, drug addled Susan. Clearly Bonaham Carter delights in her over-the-top characterization of Susan and is sublimely funny as she cunningly manipulates Steve Martin to do her will. Kevin Bacon is a good actor who has made a lot of bad career decisions. In "Novocaine" he shines as a self-absorbed method actor studying for a police detective role and unwittingly stays one step ahead of actual detectives with his by-the-numbers, Hollywood scripted analysis of the crime.
If you liked the farce "Election" with Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon you will probably love this movie. It's too bad "Novocaine" had such a short run at the art houses but I'm hoping it will find a new life when it is released in the DVD and VHS formats.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a suspense filled movie, with all you wanting to say is no one could be that stupid.Published 3 months ago by Kelly Quinlan
I've tried to watch this two separate times and finally deleted it from my watch list.Published 4 months ago by Diane
It was an ok movie. Not the best and not the worst. The language wasn't necessary And didn't help my enjoyment of the movie either. And maybe I'm just not fond of dentists? LolPublished 5 months ago by Donna R. Sandoval
excellent movie! funny, clever and entertaining with a surprise ending. Steve Martin is great in it.Published 5 months ago by DB
Dark comedy with a big twist at the end. Not a great movie, but worth watching.Published 5 months ago by strat053
This one was one of Steve Martin's better ones. He plays a very good narrator and average joe. Also, the collaboration with main theme and the skeleton shown on the ex-rays... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kaitlin Elizabeth Heinecke
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