"A Sense of Purpose"
What You Need To Know:
THAT DARN CAT is an ultimately moral if predictable story. We know the ending from the beginning, so the key is in the execution which sometimes soars, but often seems just silly. This is a movie that the young ones will enjoy most, however, there is a strong dose of rebellion at the beginning of the story, which is rebuked and eventually resolved. Having some action violence, and a few obscenities, THAT DARN CAT will not become a Disney classic, but it will provide enjoyment on a winter’s afternoon
(B, L, V, A, M) Ultimately moral worldview about a girl who turns from rebellion to love; 6 obscenities; slapstick violence including man falling down stairs, people fighting with squirt guns, man bitten by dog, & other childish comedy; drinking; and, rebellion & disobedience
THAT DARN CAT is the remake of the Disney classic about a cat who solves a kidnapping. The cat’s owner, Patty (Christina Ricci), is a girl who doesn’t seem to fit in to small town life in Edgefield, Massachusetts. In fact, when we first meet Patty, she is giving a school report bemoaning the boring backwardness of Edgefield. When her mother tries her to get to look on the bright side and have compassion for everyone, Patty, in turn, tries to get her mother to curse. Dressed in black, she is headed down the wrong road.
Things change, however, when the maid of the conspicuously rich Flint family is kidnapped. The robbers wanted Mrs. Flint (Dyan Cannon), but took the maid by mistake. The FBI has no leads until Patty’s cat turns up with a watch with the word “hell” scratched on the back that looks like the watch in the picture of the kidnapped maid. Patty goes to the FBI and is assigned an inept agent, Zeke, played by Doug E. Doug, who takes her story seriously. Together with Patty’s cat, they get into a lot of trouble but eventually find the victim and foil the kidnappers. In the process, Patty learns that her town is much more interesting than she thought, and she moves beyond her selfishness to appreciate and love others. At the end, she is dressed in a colorful costume and is invited to the best parties.
THAT DARN CAT is an ultimately moral, if predictable story. We know the ending from the beginning, so the key is in the execution which sometimes soars, but often is just silly. This is a movie that the young ones will enjoy most, however, there is a strong dose of rebellion at the beginning of the story, which is rebuked and eventually resolved. THAT DARN CAT will not become a Disney classic, but it will provide enjoyment on a winter’s afternoon.