->''"You can love your pets, just don't ''love'' your pets."''
-->-- '''Abby'''

''The Truth About Cats & Dogs'' is a 1996 RomanticComedy film directed by Michael Lehmann, involving a ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''-style LoveTriangle.

HollywoodHomely Abby Barnes (Creator/JaneaneGarofalo) is a radio veterarian, who falls in love with a caller to her radio show named Brian (Ben Chaplin). When Abby gets a blind date with Brian, her insecurity about her appearance causes her to send in her conventionally beautiful neighbor Noelle Slusarsky (Creator/UmaThurman). Of course, Noelle develops feelings for Brian too, with complications (and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]]) duly ensuing.

!! "The tropes about cats and dogs":

* BrainyBrunette: Abby Barnes
* BrokenAesop: Many, (if not most) viewers considered Garafalo to be more attractive than Thurman, making the "guy falls for girl based on her brain and personality" completely invalid.
* DumbBlonde: Noelle
* TheGrovel: Ends with the woman grovelling to her male LoveInterest, oddly enough.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Uma Thurman and a stack of loudspeakers.
* HelloNurse: Noelle
* HollywoodHomely: Played with: Creator/JaneaneGarofalo is beautiful by any normal standards. However, she considers herself far from attractive, especially when compared to Creator/UmaThurman. It's never stated if she is considered ugly InUniverse and Creator/UmaThurman has a serious case of self esteem issues where she considers herself ugly.
** Quoting Creator/RogerEbert: "The movie is based upon the presumption that Garofalo is not pretty, and of course she is."
* LoveTriangle
* PlayingCyrano
* RomanticComedy
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: a Phone Sex conversation between Abby and Brian.
** BrickJoke:
--> '''Abby''': That night on the phone? I'm pregnant.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Abby to Noelle. Abby is a veterinarian, who isn't afraid of handling animals and touching gross stuff. Meanwhile, Noelle is totally image-obsessed and hates touching animals.