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The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
(2018 Reissue)


Starring: Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin and Jamie Foxx
Distributor: Fabulous Films Ltd / Fremantle Media Enterprises
RRP: £9.99


Certificate: 15
Release Date: 06 August 2018

Abby, 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, a caller who is smitten with her radio persona, asks her on a date. She then talks her tall, blonde neighbour Noelle into assuming her identity, setting off an escalating series of hilarious and romantic crises...

I'd never seen The Truth About Cats and Dogs before, so this was the perfect chance to finally catch one of those movies that I'd heard about but never gotten around to viewing.

The movie starts when photographer Brian (Ben Chaplin) calls the local radio station's vet show to ask for some emergency advice. For one of his photo shoots, someone went to the dog's home, "borrowed" a dog and stuck roller skates on it. Now, Brian can't get near the dog to take the skates off it. Live on air Abby, (Janeane Garofalo) the vet radio presenter, talks Brian through approaching the dog without getting bitten.

Brian decides to keep the dog and rings the radio station to ask Abby out for a meal to say thank you. Not overly confident in her appearance, but more worried about meeting a nutter, she is finally talked into meeting him, but gives him a wrong description of herself. When she doesn't show, he makes his way to the studio and Abby talks her friend Noelle, (Uma Thurman) who is tall and blond, into pretending that she is Abby.

Things quickly get out of control with Brian talking to the real Abby on the phone, but meeting Noelle in the flesh.

The music, by Howard Shore, is interesting. In a lot of places it reminded me of his wonderful score for Big (1988).

The story is obviously inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac with Abby being the heart and mind that Brian really falls for, but Noelle having the physical appearance he desires. It's a fun enough movie, but has dated a little. The only extra is the Trailer (2 min, 31 sec).


Nick Smithson

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