Novocaine Poster

Release Date: November 16th, 2001

DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2002

R|1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary
Steve Martin is a prosperous dentist, secure in his neatly ordered existence and happily engaged to his ambitious dental hygienist (Laura Dern). But when an alluring new patient (Helena Bonham Carter) steps into his life, this ordinary man discovers how little control he has over his world as he is drawn into a maelstrom of sex, drugs and murder. Edgy and unpredictable, "Novocaine" also stars Kevin Bacon and Scott Caan and marks the feature directorial debut of writer David Atkins.

Cast: Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, Elias Koteas, Scott Caan, Keith David, Chelcie Ross, Lynne Thigpen

Director: David Atkins

Genres: Comedy, Thriller

Production Co: Artisan Entertainment, Numb Gums Productions Inc.

Distributors: Artisan Entertainment

Ratings & Reviews

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  • One moment it's farcical comedy, the next it's gruesome melodrama. The movie never finds the right tone. show more

  • Starts out stylishly, and promisingly, but then coarsens into a silly parody of film noir.

  • Quite apart from wringing the last molecule of vividness from his freewheeling roster of loose cannons, he brings to his direction of Martin a finesse shared by only a few of the directors who have worked with the comedian-actor.

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