The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)



Critic Consensus: Sharp, witty, and charming, The Truth About Cats and Dogs features a standout performance from Janeane Garofalo.

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In this updated and gender-reversed variation on Cyrano de Bergerac, Janeane Garofalo stars as Abby, the host of a radio talk show for people who have problems with pets. 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. The Truth About Cats and Dogs gave Ben Chaplin his first role in an American film and Janeane Garofalo's first starring turn after several notable supporting performances. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Audrey Wells
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Janeane Garofalo
as Dr. Abby Barnes
Mitch Rouse
as Bee Man
Faryn Einhorn
as Child Model
David Cross
as Male Radio Caller/Bo...
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Female Radio Caller
Bob Odenkirk
as Bookstore Man
Dechen Thurman
as Bookstore Cashier
Robert Brinkmann
as Irate Director
Josiah Polhemus
as Newscast Auditioner
Nigel Gibbs
as Newscast Auditioner
David Phelps
as Newscast Auditioner
Linda Porter
as Newscast Auditioner
Michael Burke
as Newscast Auditioner
Vanessa J. Wells
as Newscast Auditioner
Michael Cross Burke
as Newscast Auditioner
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Critic Reviews for The Truth About Cats & Dogs

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (12)

Though its romantic-comedy triangle borrows heavily from Cyrano de Bergerac, the film has more in common with Three's Company.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Funny and intelligent, despite some flaws.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Garofalo is accessible to anyone in the audience (except maybe herself).

Full Review… | July 25, 2007

Rom-com charmer with a smart script and Garofalo in top form.

April 21, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Janeane Garofalo's magnetic yet unconventional presence instantly pulls the audience into the story.

Full Review… | September 10, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Truth About Cats & Dogs

Favourite of mine from way back. Hadn't seen in years. Have to admit, I was struck by Brian's stupidity not recognising Abby's voice. Aside from that,nice little movie with a cute story. Also didn't remember that Janeane was so pretty back in the 90's, even cast here as an unattractive girl!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

It was ok. Nothing more than that. The phone sex scene was especially awkward.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

I like Janeane Garofalo. I think she's hilarious and sweet, and she seems like a really nice person. And it's nice for her to be able to land a starring role once in a while, because - as this movie points out - she's not "conventionally" beautiful. Though I must say Ben Chaplin's character is possibly the stupidest man this side of the Midwest. Are you sure you really want to date him, Janeane?

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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