The Secret Lives of Dentists

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A gentle man suddenly finds himself at a loss for what to do when he suspects his wife has been unfaithful in this comedy drama from director Alan Rudolph. David and Dana Hurst Campbell Scott and Hope Davis are a married couple with three children who also happen to be dentists who share an office. David is a quiet and reserved sort, while Dana has been quietly but obviously unhappy with things recently. Backstage at a community theater production, David sees Dana in the arms of another man and is immediately ...
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Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney, Gianna Beleno January 27, 2004 VHS New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 101 mins. Originally released: ... 2003. Shrinkwrapped Read more Show Less

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A gentle man suddenly finds himself at a loss for what to do when he suspects his wife has been unfaithful in this comedy drama from director Alan Rudolph. David and Dana Hurst Campbell Scott and Hope Davis are a married couple with three children who also happen to be dentists who share an office. David is a quiet and reserved sort, while Dana has been quietly but obviously unhappy with things recently. Backstage at a community theater production, David sees Dana in the arms of another man and is immediately certain she's having an affair, a suspicion only deepened by her continued dark mood, long periods of silence, and frequent trips out of the house. Slater Denis Leary is a disgruntled patient of the Hursts who has gone public with his unhappiness over their work; as David tries to work out Slater's differences, Slater becomes a frequent and not always welcome visitor in David's home. As he observes the obvious tension in David and Dana's relationship, Slater begins offering his own gruff brand of advice to David -- including acting cooler and informing Dana "I could kill you" at the dinner table. Co-produced by leading man Campbell Scott, The Secret Lives of Dentists was based on the novel The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley.
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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Loosely adapted by screenwriter Craig Lucas (A Prelude to a Kiss) from Jane Smiley's novella The Age of Grief, Alan Rudolph's The Secret Lives of Dentists stands alongside the underrated director's best work. It's a smart and surprisingly moving dark comedy about the impossibility of marriage. Campbell Scott delivers yet another richly nuanced performance, as David Hurst, a tightly wound dentist whose wife's apparent infidelity brings a dangerous glimmer of his rage to the surface. Scott directed co-stars Hope Davis and Denis Leary in the disappointing Final, and his apparent rapport with these talented performers sets the film aglow. Davis, who plays Dana, Scott's dentist wife, wrings the emotional truth out of her every moment onscreen. Leary's role lends an element of Fight Club-style fantasy to an otherwise painstakingly realistic look at family life, and as such, may seem an unwelcome intrusion to some viewers, especially since the inner workings of David's mind are already spelled out in voice-over. But, in essentially giving voice to David's id, Leary again demonstrates his knack for turning finely honed hostility into cathartic comedy. The most profound insights of the film come in its beautifully detailed depiction of its characters' home and work lives, including David's fantasies and reminiscences about his life. Rudolph, who hasn't worked much with child actors, gets amazingly funny, true-to-life performances from the three girls who play the Hurst daughters, Gianna Beleno, Cassidy Hinkle, and Lydia Jordan. Robin Tunney's fine work, in a smallish role as David's assistant, points up another virtue of the film (and, in fact, in most of Rudolph's work). There's always a sense of life going on beyond the edges of the frame that keeps the film grounded in reality, and that adds to its surprising resonance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • UPC: 043396027985
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Campbell Scott David Hurst
Hope Davis Dana Hurst
Denis Leary Slater
Robin Tunney Laura
Gianna Beleno Lizzie Hurst
Cassidy Hinkle Leah Hurst
Lydia Jordan Stephanie Hurst
Jon Patrick Walker Mark
Kevin Carroll Dr. Danny
Kate Clinton Elaine
Technical Credits
Alan Rudolph Director, Producer
Florian Ballhaus Cinematographer
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus Asst. Director
Bruce Cowen Executive Producer
Gary De Michele Score Composer
Pam Dixon Casting
Jonathan Filley Co-producer, Executive Producer
Martin Garvey Executive Producer
Ted Glass Production Designer
Andy Keir Editor
Michael Lauer Executive Producer
Anna Louizos Art Director
Craig Lucas Screenwriter
Jonathan McHugh Musical Direction/Supervision
David Newman Executive Producer
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
Campbell Scott Producer
George VanBuskirk Producer
Amy Westcott Costumes/Costume Designer
Alyssa Winter Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Curiosity killed the cat

    I was curious, so I watched it. I will never get back that 1 hour and 45 minutes that I wasted watching and waiting for something, anything, to happen. By the time the credits rolled, I was so relieved it was over because I could not take the disappointment any longer. No character development, no plot, not worth your money.

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