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The Truth About Cats & Dogs

By Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Funny and intelligent, despite some flaws.

Movie PG-13 2002 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+
fine for people over 12 but quite an old film

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

From the outset, this whimsical comedy isn't entirely plausible. Although Jeanine Garofalo is a short brunette, she's a lot cuter than the movie would have you believe. And while Uma Thurman is tall and beautiful, why does that mean she can't read Sartre without a dictionary? On top of which, Brian the Brit seems like a pretty sharp customer, so how is it that he can't recognize Abby's voice outside of the radio station?

Despite these flaws in logic, Cats and Dogs is funny and intelligent in ways that many romantic comedies aren't these days. After all, Abby's witty cynicism isn't entirely misguided. Beautiful women do generally get more attention than the average veterinarian. Two scenes make this point hilariously clear, one involving a bicycle and the other a bee. And the plot contrivance that requires that Noel take on Abby's professional duties produces some pretty funny results. Not to be missed is the scene in which she has to encourage a wheezy turtle to emerge from its shell. For a mature audience, however, this is a movie that's perfectly cast and nicely executed. Most everyone will cheer at the inevitable happy ending.

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