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Novocaine (2001)

A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him & steals all of the drugs from his practice.

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Dr. Frank Sangster is a straight-laced dentist who because of one innocent lie, finds his tidy, prosperous life transformed into a comic quagmire of illicit sex, illegal drugs and inexplicable murder in this brilliantly offbeat, bitingly comedic film! Written by Thomas Nudi

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Getting to the root of the problem is like pulling teeth. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$418,098 (USA) (16 November 2001)

Gross:

$2,025,238 (USA) (4 January 2002)
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Trivia

The second time Steve Martin plays a dentist. The first time was his role in Little Shop of Horrors (1986), as Orin Scrivello, albeit that character was far more "disturbed" than Frank Sangster. See more »

Goofs

A real pharmacist would have phoned the doctor to verify the drug and amount before filling the prescription. See more »

Quotes

Frank: [Discovering he's been framed for his brother's murder] Suddenly, there I was... seeing it all for the first time. Oh, she'd set me up, all right. Not just for Duane's murder. She'd gotten me for Harlan's too. My teeth marks were all over the body.
Frank: [Trying to figure out what to do, he notices a bottle of Novocaine] Then I saw the solution. It was right there in front of me. Frank Sangster had to die... and his whole, perfect world along with him.
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Crazy Credits

The caption 'The End' just before the end credits is displayed in French ('Fin') instead of English. See more »

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Novocaine
Performed by Penny
Written by Frank Egan and David Daignault
Published by Sounds Easy Publishing and P&D Productions
Courtesy of Sounds Easy Studios
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Steve Martin Surrounded by Brilliance
12 December 2001 | by (ABQ, NM) – See all my reviews

I would never have seen Novocaine had it not been for my love of Steve Martin. But what amazed me in this film were the genius performances by the other actors: a terrific character turn for Laura Dern (didn't mean to rhyme). The always-charming Helena Bonham-Carter playing a role reminiscent of (but NOT the same as) her Fight Club character. Elias Koteas' quirky, stupid take as Steve Martin's younger brother. Kevin Bacon making a cameo in one of the only roles I've EVER liked him in.

But most of all, Laura Dern. This woman can act. She absolutely stole the show. A character who seems at once timid and sweet, then sends me spinning with her karate fanaticism. I will not tell you anymore about her performance (of which there is MUCH more to tell), because you need to discover this film for yourself.

The filming is an absolute masterpiece, as well as the writing, both done by David Atkins. The music is a wonderfully stylized score by Danny Elfman, calling forth 'film noir' memories. And there couldn't have been a more thrilling cast to watch on screen.

Novocaine is a suspense thriller, as well as an extremely funny movie. See it for Steve Martin, though you won't be watching him for long.


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