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Truth About Cats & Dogs [Blu-ray] (1996)

Uma Thurman , Janeane Garofalo , Michael Lehmann  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin
  • Directors: Michael Lehmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071HPKYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Charming and bittersweet, this modern-day romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo and Ben Chaplin explores the beguiling perils of mistaken identity. Abby (Garofalo), a savvy, witty veterinarian who hosts her own radio talk show, is anything but confident when it comes to love. A petite brunette, she describes herself as tall and blonde when Brian (Chaplin), a caller who is smitten with her radio persona, asks her on a date. She then talks her tall, blonde neighbor Noelle (Thurman) into assuming her identity, setting off an escalating series of hilarious and romantic crises.

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet romance that won't make your teeth rot January 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
With a few exceptions, I normally loathe formulaic romantic comedies. The Truth About... is as formulaic as they come. So what makes it so good?
Janeane Garofalo, for one. I've always enjoyed her humor and thought she was a babe, but she convincingly, understandingly conveys what it's like to believe you're ugly and unlovable. I was surprised she didn't get more, meatier roles after her wonderful turn in this movie.
Ben Chaplin, he of the Perpetual Puppy-Dog Eyes, is perfectly cast as the love interest. I would never in a million years have figured him for a leading man role, but he's so right as a smitten suitor, not entirely sure of what he's feeling or what his next move should be, but enjoying the wild ride anyway.
Even Uma Thurman gets to work her acting chops in a role parallelling Garofalo's, as a blonde model who just wants to be taken seriously. Her pastry scene with Chaplin is one of the most erotic I've ever watched.
The chemistry between the three is natural as can be, and even though the whole movie is clicheed, it never feels like it is. Don't look for anything deep here; it's simply a great movie.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly ..... serious. I'll try to explain September 28, 2006
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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.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixing up the formula July 7, 2000
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does *not* rely on Abby not being attractive. June 20, 1999
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The movie does not hinge on Abby *being* unattractive; it hinges on her *expecting* Brian to think she's unattractive. The same culture that has conditioned most men to ignore her has conditioned her to expect to be ignored. The story is about them *both* overcoming that conditioning.
It's a fabulous movie. I hope it comes out on DVD soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Films February 4, 2011
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I first watched The Truth About Cats and Dogs, many years ago when it was first released on VHS. It remains one of the movies that, whenever I'm running through my library of films and my finger comes across it, I have to take it out and watch again. As some of the other reviews have mentioned, it's rather simple in its telling and the outcome is obvious from the onset. However, it's a story so full of "moments" that it's wonderful to watch over-and-over.

Oddly, I've never been an Uma Thurman fan. This movie is the exception and possibly because it makes fun of the very attributes normally touted for her roles. Quite the opposite is true about Janeane Garofalo... I've always enjoyed her acting (more so than her comedy--go figure) and have been disappointed that there weren't more films with her in a central role. So "Truth..." gives me a good dose of Janeane, and Uma in a form that I can enjoy. As for Ben Chaplin, he was delightful and charming, and it was nice to see a male lead who was attracted to a woman for something other than her physical attributes.

As for my favorite scene (just one of the story's "moments"), it would have to be Janeane's and Ben's walk along the beach which ended with them watching the sunset as the air turned cool. After offering her his coat and holding her to help her stay warm, you could feel the chemistry between the two, even before the truth of the situation had come out. It's a shame that films like this are so often dismissed as trivial and unimportant, when in fact, if the characters are believable and the tale is warm and kind, and unfolds in a way that's fitting for the circumstance, it's a good movie.

If you like romantic comedies or films that are full of warmth and feeling (with some humor thrown in for good measure), I'd recommend this one.
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Hilarious and still a favorite after all these years. Doesn't seem dated. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good classic comedy/love story to add to you collection. I'll watch this one over and over!
Published 6 days ago by Debby Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
Cute movie, although some language was n to necessary..
Published 1 month ago by M. Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift for my daughter-in-law, who specifically asked for this movie. It apparently was well received.
Published 1 month ago by judith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, odd DVD
The strange thing about this DVD is that there is no menu, which means no extras and no scene selection. It just starts playing when you put it in the DVD player! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sofie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by charles d fulks
5.0 out of 5 stars Cats and Dogs
I wish this were available for free . I would play it over and over.
Published 2 months ago by Sukey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 3 months ago by Natalya
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie is great. I bought 2 copies one for myself and one for my best friend's birthday. I love this movie. It's romantic, funny, and most entertaining. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diane Martindale
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, even better that it's available on Amazon Instant Video
I love this movie. I think I saw it several times when it first came out, I'm glad it is available on Amazon Instant Video.
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