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 … More

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


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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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