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Novocaine

  R HD Closed Captioning

David Atkins

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Plot Summary

The hilarious Steve Martin heads up an outstanding cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, and Scott Caan in this darkly comic tale of a good man gone bad. Dr. Frank Sangster (Martin) is a respectable, law-abiding dentist who's always lived life on the straight-and-narrow—until an innocent lie transforms his ordered existence into a whirlwind of illicit sex, illegal drugs, and inexplicable murder in this brilliantly offbeat, bitingly comedic gem.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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38%
  • Reviews Counted: 107
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 66
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: With Bonham Carter's been-there, done-that performance and a plot that spins out of control, we end up with a movie that you can't quite sink your teeth into. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 18, 2002

Rotten: Atkins never finds the right tone for Novocaine. It's not dark enough to be either viciously funny or unsettling. – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The casting is peculiar, the tone is off, the plot is uninteresting and the ending is sorry. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, 2003

Fresh: An impressive directorial debut, but you wish Atkins had not made his movie's gradual descent seem as inevitable as Frank's. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Dark Comedy for the Light Hearted

Great movie for people torn on dark comedies. I don't like the really dark ones but this is just right. Steve Martin wins in this. Helena Bonham Carter is what you'd expect but that's a good thing for this role. This was a surprisingly winning combonation.

Dark Comedy

If you expect this to be Steve Martin's usual knee slapping comedic fare, you will be disappointed. This is a dark comedy and as such does a great job. I am always up for a good dark comedy (i.e. War of the Roses ). Many try and fail; but this one hits the right spot. I thought the writing was good and the performances credible. Good stuff.

Great film!

Excellent story and script. Great performances and a great twist. I can't believe more people don't know about this film.

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Novocaine
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2002

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