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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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JoBe Cerny ...
Pharmacist Wayne Ponze
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Harlan Sangster
Yasen Peyankov ...
'Sunshine Lounge' Bartender
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Duane
Teri Cotruzzola ...
Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet ...
Mrs. Langston
Preston Maybank ...
Gelding
Sally Kao ...
Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong ...
Chinese Husband
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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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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$418,098, 18 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,036,682
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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 doctor / dentist would not refer to patient records as a 'file'. The terminology is 'chart'. See more »

Quotes

Frank: You were supposed to show up here at 7:30 in the morning.
Susan: Ah, in the morning, I thought you meant 7:30 at night.
Frank: I'm not giving you anymore prescriptions, so you can just leave.
Susan: I came here to get my tooth fixed. Now are you going to do that, or not?
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the Atkins family, the Mones family and the Rosenberg family. See more »

Connections

References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

The Money Shot
Performed by Sex-O-Rama
Written by Carvin Knowles
Published by Figs. D Music, Inc. o/b/o Oilgo Music
Courtesy of The Oglio Entertainment Group, Inc.
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Strangely intoxicating
21 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

To start with, any movie in which Helena Bonham Carter gets naked is a good thing.

This is a weird weird movie, but good pacing and casting saves it. A more disciplined director could have turned it into a cult classic.

Steve Martin is convincing in a challenging part. He is a fine actor.He brings just enough comedy so the movie doesn't descend into the land that light forgot. This edge gives the film strange believability.

Laura Dern is also exquisite walking a fine line to achieve a balance between farce and drama. Her character, blondness and 'hard body' look contrasted effectively with HBC's petite, auburn wickedness.

At the end, I wanted to watch it again to appreciate the fine points I missed the first time through.

I would describe it as a darker " The Whole Nine Yards".


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