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Novocaine

Year: 2001
Director: David Atkins
Cast: Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, Elias Koteas, Scott Caan
The ultimate in product placement?

If this had been a 'straighter' comedy, it would have been. But despite not being that fabulous a movie, it's a distinct pleasure watching Steve Martin in such a dark comedy.

He plays a dentist with the perfect life; his own practice, a wonderful fiance who happens to be his nurse (Dern), and everything his loser brother (Koteas) resents him for.

Until one day he finds a patient waiting in his chair who sultriness he can't stop thinking about and can't resist (Carter). She sweet talks him, convinces him to write her an illegal prescription for drugs, doctors it herself, and lands him in hot water with the DEA.

And all the while, he tries to find and connect with her, convinced he's in love with her despite her profession of scamming doctors with her dangerously unhinged brother (Caan).

Soon it becomes apparent there's more to everyone than he thought, and his perfect fiance and loser brother might even be involved. He gos on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of the cops and try to both stay alive and clear his name.

Interesting without being great, but a charm to see Martin work with.

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