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":
- Brainy Brunette: Abby Barnes
- Broken Aesop: 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.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The infamous phone sex scene.
- Dumb Blonde: Noelle
- The Grovel: Ends with the woman grovelling to her male Love Interest, oddly enough.
- Hand-or-Object Underwear: Uma Thurman and a stack of loudspeakers.
- Hollywood Homely: Played with: Janeane Garofalo is beautiful by any normal standards. However, she considers herself far from attractive, especially when compared to Uma Thurman. It's never stated if she is considered ugly In-Universe and Uma Thurman has a serious case of self esteem issues where she considers herself ugly.
- Quoting Roger Ebert: "The movie is based upon the presumption that Garofalo is not pretty, and of course she is."
- 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.