The Truth About Cats & Dogs

Release Date: April 26, 1996 (US)
Director: Michael Lehmann
Writter: Audrey Wells
Jamie Foxx as: Ed
Co-Stars: Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin
Runtime: 97 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: PG-13 on appeal for a sex-related scene and brief strong language
Box office: $34,073,143 (USA)
Links: Imdb

 

Plot Summary

Abby Barnes (Janeane Garofalo) is a veterinarian, who hosts a Los Angeles radio show called “The Truth About Cats and Dogs.” One day, she gets a call from Brian (Ben Chaplin) who is having trouble with his Great Dane (who enjoys roller skating). After a few minutes on the phone, Brian is immediately taken with Abby, and she’s certainly interested in him. However, while Abby is not unattractive, she’s terribly self-conscious about her appearance. When he asks her for a description, instead of telling him she’s a diminutive brunette with big brown eyes, she describes her neighbor Noelle (Uma Thurman), a tall, rail-thin, blue eyed blonde. When Ben sets up a date, Abby is frantic and convinces Noelle to take her place. However, while Abby sounds smart, witty and charming over the radio (or the telephone), Noelle speaks like — well, I think the phrase dumb blonde is called for here. Brian becomes puzzled — why is it Abby is so great on the phone but so inarticulate in person? And what’s the story with her friend, the cute brunette who sounds so smart? Noelle is even more confused; she wants to help her friend, but she’s finding herself falling for Brian as well.

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