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The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)

Cast: Campbell Scott, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, more...
Director: Alan Rudolph, Alan Rudolph
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Director and Cast Commentary
  • Sundance Channel's "Anatomy of a Scene"
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Also see our interview with Alan Rudolph regarding the making of this film.

GreenCine Member Reviews

More Novocaine, Please by JPielaszczyk February 2, 2004 - 12:57 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Ouch! I'd hoped to be on and off The Chair quicker than that. Too much cudgelling of narrative elements--less is more, folks! The alter-ego character would have been more effective with about half his screen time, the dog-messed bed with half the mess, the family's illness, ditto, etc. Great title, though, and way more fun than a root canal.

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