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Film / The Truth About Cats & Dogs

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

The Truth About Cats & Dogs is a 1996 Romantic Comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann, involving a Cyrano de Bergerac-style Love Triangle.

Hollywood Homely Abby Barnes (Janeane Garofalo) 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 (Uma Thurman). Of course, Noelle develops feelings for Brian too, with complications (and hilarity) duly ensuing.


"The tropes about cats and dogs":

  • Split-Screen Phone Call: a Phone Sex conversation between Abby and Brian.
    Abby: That night on the phone? I'm pregnant.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: 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.

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