The Truth About Cats & Dogs

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: Michael Lehmann

REVIEWED: 05-16-96

Janeane Garofalo stars as Dr. Abby Barnes, a veterinarian with the title call-in radio show for distraught pet owners. The plot thickens when, amidst the daily grind of callers with finicky basset hounds and rashes from three-hour cat tongue baths, a mysterious photographer with a European accent has a crisis with a Great Dane on roller skates. When the grateful caller, Brian (Ben Chaplin), talks Abby into meeting him in person, she inexplicably describes herself as her supermodel neighbor, played to dippy perfection by Uma Thurman. It's an insipid premise--smart-but-unattractive woman chooses beautiful-but-dumb proxy to win the man of her dreams. But from start to finish the movie is so damn cute--cute animals, cute actors, cute lines--you might not even notice. Not recommended for those afraid to laugh out loud in public.

--Stacey Richter

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