The Truth About Cats & Dogs is a 1996 American film, a romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, 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.
Even though it is set in modern times and genders have been reversed, the film's plot loosely follows the story of Cyrano de Bergerac. Abby Barnes (played by 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.
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. She left the show in 2006, citing differences with her co-host, Sam Seder.
|Uma Thurman||Noelle Slusarsky|
|Janeane Garofalo||Abby Barnes|
|Mitch Rouse||Bee Man|
|David Cross|| Male Radio Caller (voice)|
|Mary Lynn Rajskub||Female Radio Caller (voice)|
|Bob Odenkirk||Bookstore Man|
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