THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS Add To My Top 10

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Release Date: August 01, 2003

Starring: Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney, and Jon Patrick Walter

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr THE SECRET LIVES OF
DENTISTS is a miserable title.
It creates the impression
you’re going to see a
salacious film and dentists
who abuse their patients. Not
so. It is the story of a
couple, Dave and Dana Hurst,
both dentists, who confront a
mid-life crisis. Dave seems to
be carrying most of the weight
of the family, his three
little girls, and the dental
practice. Dana seems more
interested in singing in a
opera. The littlest girl slaps
her mommy and doesn’t want
to be touched by her mommy.
The oldest girl feels sick
every day and doesn’t want
to go to school. Both girls
sense that something is wrong.
Dave gets one annoying patient
who is a trumpet player who
makes his life miserable. That
night, after Dave drops Dana
off to sing in the opera, he
returns and runs up to give
her a lucky rabbit’s foot.
He catches her being caressed
by the music director. She is
clearly passionate. At this
moment, his imagination starts
to take over. He not only
imagines her in all sorts of
sexual situations; he also
imagines the trumpet player
showing up in his life at odd
times to give him advice on
his marriage. As the crisis
builds, he mutters out loud
that he wants to kill her.
This setup leads to an
unexpected
resolution. Eventually, THE
SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS makes
some moral points. It upholds
marriage, condemns adultery
and even implies that the
trumpet player may be the
Devil, feeding lies into
Dave’s mind. The movie,
however, is shot in such an
artistic fashion that this
allegory is not clear. It
could just be interpreted as a
psychological problem. The
acting in the movie is superb.
The direction has moments of
real brilliance, but at times
gets bogged down in its own
conceits. Like many low budget
movies, it needs a better
script and more money to
polish it. And, it needs a new
title! In the long run,
although it’s gotten some
good reviews, THE SECRET LIVES
OF DENTISTS is really not
worth wading through the
sexual visions and hints of
disaster to get to the moral
point of the movie. Please
address your comments
to: Manhattan Pictures
International 369 Lexington
Avenue New York, NY
10017 Phone: (212)
453-5055 Fax: (212)
453-5080 Website:
www.manhattanpics.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 104 minutes

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Content:

(H, B, C, LL, V, SS, AA, D, M) Humanist worldview with a very light moral theme and some allegorical religious or psychological elements; 17 obscenities and eight profanities; violence associated with drilling teeth, shooting novocaine into mouths and visions of violently pulling teeth, little girl slaps father and mother, father throws furniture around; sexual foreplay by married couple, and dentist has sexual visions of his wife with other men as well as flashbacks which clearly portray fornication although in a static, non-erotic way; no nudity but female cleavage; drinking to excess; smoking cigars; and, lying, reference to luck, and theme of adultery.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS is the story of a couple, Dave and Dana Hurst, both dentists, who confront a mid-life crisis. THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS eventually makes some moral points, has vague elements of redemptive allegory, and contains superb acting, but it is really not worth wading through the sexual visions and hints of disaster to get to the moral point of the movie.

Review:

THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS is a miserable title. It creates the impression you’re going to see a salacious film and dentists who abuse their patients. Not so. It is the story of a couple, Dave and Dana Hurst, both dentists, who confront a mid-life crisis.

Dave seems to be carrying most of the weight of the family, his three little girls, and the dental practice. Dana seems more interested in singing in a opera. The littlest girl slaps her mommy and doesn’t want to be touched by her mommy. The oldest girl feels sick every day and doesn’t want to go to school. Both girls sense that something is wrong. Dave gets one annoying patient who is a trumpet player who makes his life miserable.

That night, after Dave drops Dana off to sing in the opera, he returns and runs up to give her a lucky rabbit’s foot. He catches her being caressed by the music director. She is clearly passionate. At this moment, his imagination starts to take over. He not only imagines her in all sorts of sexual situations; he also imagines the trumpet player showing up in his life at odd times to give him advice on his marriage. As the crisis builds, he mutters out loud that he wants to kill her. This setup leads to an unexpected resolution.

Eventually, THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS makes some moral points. It upholds marriage, condemns adultery and even implies that the trumpet player may be the Devil, feeding lies into Dave’s mind. The movie, however, is shot in such an artistic fashion that this allegory is not clear. It could just be interpreted as a psychological problem.

The acting in the movie is superb. The direction has moments of real brilliance, but at times gets bogged down in its own conceits. Like many low budget movies, it needs a better script and more money to polish it. And, it needs a new title!

In the long run, although it’s gotten some good reviews, THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS is really not worth wading through the sexual visions and hints of disaster to get to the moral point of the movie.

Please address your comments to:

Manhattan Pictures International

369 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 453-5055

Fax: (212) 453-5080

Website: www.manhattanpics.com

SUMMARY: THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS is the story of a couple, Dave and Dana Hurst, both dentists, who confront a mid-life crisis. THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS eventually makes some moral points, has vague elements of redemptive allegory, and contains superb acting, but it is really not worth wading through the sexual visions and hints of disaster to get to the moral point of the movie.

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