The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)


“We can love our pets, we just can’t LOVE our pets. ” – Abby

Number of Times Seen – 2 (20 Jul 2000 and 21 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A radio show host who is ashamed of how she looks gets her neighbor to pose as her when meeting a local photographer that she is interested in.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and was interested in seeing what I would think about it after so many years.

The genre of romantic comedies is usually an enjoyable one despite the fact that most times the story arc is quite predictable.

This film is no exception to that.

The overall premise of this film is slightly strange and the fact that Janeane Garofalo is cast as the lead adds to that feeling since she isn’t your typical rom-com star choice.

The story itself moves along well and eventhough this film doesn’t manage to find a way to give the audience anything unique or groundbreaking it stays relatively enjoyable throughout.

There isn’t really a “wow” moment in the story and things consistently follow the typical story arc that most films in this genre adhere to throughout.

There are a few fun comedy of errors scenes that work due to the contrasts between the characters played by Garofalo and Uma Thurman who are so vastly different in these roles.

On the other hand, the silliness of some of the scenes are detrimental to this film because it makes things out to be much more of a farce than it really should be.

Bottom Line – Slightly strange idea for a rom-com especially since Garofalo isn’t the typical kind of star for this genre. The story moves along well and manages to keep things enjoyable even if it doesn’t succeed in wowing at any point. It unfortunately follows the typical Hollywood arc of rom-coms which makes things a bit too predictable.  There are some comedy of error scenes that work well here due to the vast differences between Garofalo and Thurman.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Janeane Garofalo, a shade over five feet tall, sometimes had to stand on a box just to be in the same frame with 6-foot co-star Uma Thurman. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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