Can dentists’ lives be exciting? Does it count if you are hallucinating about Denis Leary?
The Secret Lives of Dentists
Starring: Hope Davis, Campbell Scott, Denis Leary
Directed by: Alan Rudolph
Written by: Craig Lucas, Jane Smiley (novel)
Length: 1 hour 44 minutes
Release Date: August 29, 2003
Well, I wrote a fabulous recap up there, so I’ll have to do a better job about it here. It is about two married dentists and the husband suspecting his wife is having an affair. I really wanted to see this movie and it finally made it to the top of the Netflix list. Boy, I was very disappointed.
Denis Leary is his usual self. He’s more annoying when he’s a patient, but when Scott Campbell starts hallucinating that he’s talking to the doctor and using him as his evil side of his conscience, he becomes more amusing. That’s the only interesting part of the movie.
It is trying to show how their lives didn’t turn out like they planned. They don’t seem to really like each other as friends. They have a practice together, but don’t drive to work together. They drive separately since he gets home way before she does and gets dinner ready for their three young daughters. She gets home later and later after “play practice” or some other reason on the weekends and he starts freaking out about who she is sleeping with and what’s going on.
I would have thought that would have been a lot more interesting, but I just remember being annoyed by their youngest daughter constantly. Since mom is never home, she likes dad best. When she hears his voice, she yells “Dad! Dad! Dad! Dad!” over and over again until he picks her up. That is even before the last third of the movie where the entire family is sick. It’s just gross.
The ending was probably more realistic than movies usually are, but it wasn’t very exciting. I was glad it was over though because I was tired of all the puking. Bleah!