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In this modern variation of CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Abby (Janeane Garofalo) is a savvy, witty veterinarian who hosts a radio show about pets. She and a caller named Brian (Ben Chaplin) are drawn to each other while talking during her show, but when Brian asks Abby to describe herself, the average-looking woman cannot resist offering a description of her statuesque, gorgeous, and slightly dim-witted neighbor, Noelle (Uma Thurman), instead. Later, Brian makes a surprise visit to the radio station just when Noelle also happens to be there--and naturally thinks she's Abby. Scared of what might happen if Brian learned the truth, Abby asks Noelle to continue the masquerade. To complicate matters more, Brian is such a wonderful guy that both women fall for him. Will Abby--or Noelle--fess up to Brian? And will either one win his heart? Michael Lehmann (HEATHERS, AIRHEADS) directed this romantic comedy that tackles friendship, loyalty, matters of the heart, and the things that make people fall in love.
Michael Lehmann - American Director
David Cross - Comedian, MR. SHOW
Ben Chaplin - British Actor
Stephen Semel - Editor
Sharon Seymour - Production Designer, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
Bob Odenkirk - Stand-Up Comedian
Jamie Foxx - TV/Film actor
Janeane Garofalo - Actress
Uma Thurman - American actress, PULP FICTION
Audrey Wells - Writer/Director
Cari-Esta Albert - Producer
Robert Brinkmann - director of photography
Abby, a talk-radio veterinarian whose self-perceived lack of attractiveness masks her wit and warmth, recruits her neighbor, the beautiful but not so bright Noelle, to act as her stand-in when she makes a date over the phone with Brian. Cyrano-like complications ensue when the charade goes too far and both women fall for Brian, who is attracted to the combination of Abby's personality and Noelle's beauty. Michael Lehmann directed this good-hearted romantic comedy.
Theatrical release: April 26, 1996. Screenwriter-producer Audrey Wells is a former disc jockey. She made her feature-film directing debut in 1999 with GUINEVERE, starring Sarah Polley and Stephen Rea.
"...[Garofalo forges] the path for a newfangled cinematic heroine..." - 04/01/1996 Premiere, p.34
"...Its spirited banter cleverly disguises its critique of the cultural importance of physical appearance....[Garafalo gives] a rich performance..." - 07/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.54
"...Uma Thurman proves she's equally adept at goofy and gorgeous..." - 04/26/1996 USA Today, p.4D
"...[Garofalo] comes into her own as a romantic star..." -- Rating: B+ - 04/26/1996 Entertainment Weekly, pp.34-5
"...Charming performances....Garofalo has quickly established herself as a real presence with a perfectly droll delivery, while Thurman is shown off to good effect..." - 04/08/1996 Variety
"...Directed with steady laughs and disarming comic finesse....Ms. Garofalo shows a look of resignation that's truly and unexpectedly heartbreaking..." - 04/26/1996 New York Times, p.C8
"...[A] warmhearted, quick-footed comedy....[Garofalo] is so likable, so sympathetic, so revealing of her character's doubts and desires, that she carries us headlong into the story..." - 04/26/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33