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Nine Lives (2016)

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A stuffy businessman finds himself trapped inside the body of his family's cat.

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Barry Sonnenfeld

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Tom Brand
Jennifer Garner ... Lara Brand
Robbie Amell ... David Brand
Cheryl Hines ... Madison Camden
Mark Consuelos ... Ian Cox
Malina Weissman ... Rebecca Brand
Christopher Walken ... Felix Perkins
Talitha Eliana Bateman ... Nicole Camden (as Talitha Bateman)
Teddy Sears ... Josh Myers
Jay Patterson ... Benson
Jewelle Blackman ... Doctor Cole
Serge Houde ... Stein
Mark Camacho ... Josh Boone
Chris Wilding Chris Wilding ... Chirpy Employee
Kyle Gatehouse ... Nerdy Employee
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Storyline

Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date - the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom's workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Rebecca's 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store's eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants. En route to present his daughter with her dream pet, a bizarre turn of events finds Tom trapped inside the body of Mr. Fuzzypants. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom ... Written by EuropaCorp

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His life just got put on paws. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | China | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi papá es un gato See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,249,915, 7 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,637,449, 16 October 2016
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although asked, there is never an explanation given for 'Fire' in the company name 'FireBrand'. One explanation could be that in the Dutch language 'Brand' translates to 'Fire' in English. See more »

Goofs

In the credits, the title of the Cat Stevens LP seen in Mr. Perkins' shop is misidentified as "Teaser on the Firecat" instead of "Teaser and the Firecat." See more »

Quotes

Felix Grant: I wouldn't take that call Ian hang up
[Ian carries on conversing into a cell phone and is promptly run over]
Felix Grant: [last lines]
Ian Cox: [Now stuck in a cat as his comatose body is wheeled away] But I HATE Cats!
Felix Grant: [Smugly repeating what he told Tom] That's why it makes this so perfect
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Crazy Credits

In a nod to MGM logos, Mr. Fuzzy Pants appears in the O of the Europa logo and mews. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Suicide Squad/Nine Lives (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Cool Cats
(Jerry Leiber (as J.Leiber)/Mike Stoller (as M.Stoller))
Performed by The Coasters
(c) Sony ATV LLC
With courtesy of Sony ATV Music Publishing France. All rights reserved.
(p) 1958 Atco Records. A Division of Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International for the World outside of the United States
With courtesy of Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company
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Straight from the bottom of a box of twenty years old kitty litter,
17 August 2016 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

From a legal standpoint, and by that, I am referring to Writer's Guild regulations, according to the on-screen credits, it appears as though the screenplay was begun by (Matt Allen & Caleb Wilson) and then subsequently rewritten by (Dan Antoniazzi & Ben Shiffrin), before Gwyn Lurid completed the final shooting script. (For legal reasons, writers who collaborate together have their names linked with an ampersand, " & ". while those who worked separately have their names separated by the word "and", according to the Writer's Guild regulations). It took five writers, at three different stages to dream up this horribly dated story of a corporate exec whose soul ends up trapped in the body of a cat?

It feels like this may have been written in the early 1990s, storyboarded in the early to mid 90s (judging by the wardrobe and colour composition), but not filmed until 2015, and then sat unreleased for a further year, before being scraped out of the kitty litter box, and flung at cinema screens.

Incredibly lame, with out-dated references (I counted at least two references to W. Bush, who left office nearly eight years prior to this film's release) and poorly done (and out of place) time lapse photography, and a mishmash of a screenplay which includes only a handful of Jokes, none of which are funny.


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