Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2001. Artisan Entertainment, Numb Gums Productions Inc.. Story by Paul Felopulos, David Atkins, Screenplay by David Atkins. Cinematography by Vilko Filac. Produced by Paul Mones, Daniel M. Rosenberg. Music by Steve Bartek. Production Design by Sharon Seymour. Costume Design by Denise Wingate. Film Editing by Melody London.
A by-the-book dentist (Steve Martin, who excels in a non-comedic role) finds his life turned upside down when a quirky patient (Helena Bonham Carter) makes a move on him while in the dentist chair. Martin wants to indulge himself in the pleasure but his fidelity to his gorgeous fiance and assistant (Laura Dern, who is reason enough to watch this) is important to him. What he doesn’t know yet is that Bonham Carter is a drug addict out to scam him out of the many narcotics he keeps in his office, and when he finally figures it out he gets into a whole mess of trouble with the law, then gets framed for murder. The film tries to go for a Maltese Falcon things-are-never-what-they-seem twisting plot, but most of the surprises are easy to see coming, and the ones you don’t never really impress you all that much. It has some funny moments, but mostly it’s a pretty standard caper.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2001