Nine Lives Film Teaser: Kevin Spacey Plays A Cat


  • You know cats have achieved serious cred when Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey decides to star in a major feature film, a comedy, as cat-hating billionaire who finds himself trapped inside the body of a cat named Mr. FuzzyPants.

    Call it poetic justice or sweet revenge but Spacey, as Tom Brand,  a workaholic who neglects his wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and daughter, learns the hard way about what really matters. For years, his daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman) has begged for a cat for her birthday. On the eve of her 11th birthday and no gift in hand, Tom finds himself in mystical pet shop filled with unusual and exotic cats (not your average Petco or Petsmart) where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins, (Christopher Walken. No actor does weird better), suggests getting a majestic Ragdoll, named Mr. Fuzzypants. Desperate to head home in time for his daughter’s party, Tom agrees to take the cat but has an accident en route. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat.

    It’s a clever premise for a human to experience life as a cat, while gaining insights into a human’s life. I’ve often said in order to understand cats better we need to think like a cat. This film makes that fantasy, a reality.  How cheesy a reality remains to be seen. Tom, as the cat behaves in annoying ways, driving his family bonkers but Tom knows if he there is any chance of becoming his old self, he needs to mend his ways and learn life lessons from a cat.

  • Take a peek the trailer. It’s looks like fun. The film has summer release date of August 5, 2016 and I’ll be curious see if the critics feel Nine Lives is the cat’s meow, or the dog’s breakfast. Spacey, a life-long dog lover has a dog named Boston and no cats but supports pet adoption. Cats in the media spotlight is usually good and this film is already garnering major media attention.

Ragdolls are beautiful cats with sweet dispositions but I would have preferred a non-pedigreed cat star. If the film is popular, we may find an uptick in kids wanting Ragdolls. This could lead to another 1001 Dalmatians syndrome. When the Disney film was released in 1996, kids everywhere wanted their own spotted dog.  Fads pass but not before leaving thousands of unwanted, ill-bred Dalmatians. As smart consumers and cat lovers, let’s make sure that doesn’t happen to the Ragdoll breed.

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26 thoughts on “Nine Lives Film Teaser: Kevin Spacey Plays A Cat”

  1. I breed Ragdoll cats. the cat used does look every bit Ragdoll. I have one just like him. how many Siberians have the Blue eyes? the cat used looks just the same as my Lynks bi coloured Ragdoll.

  2. Five Siberian cats were used to play the cat in the movie as the director is allergic to cats and Siberians are naturally hypo-allergenic. Please get your facts straight before posting an article. The cat looks nothing like a Ragdoll.

  3. Yes, I wish the plot had Kevin Spacey going to an animal shelter, but I guess that wouldn’t be in character for the fabulously wealthy and out of touch.
    Dalmatians ended up being problematic because people didn’t understand the breed and didn’t give them enough exercise. At least rag dolls are laid back gentle cats.

  4. I LOVED your review/opinions………not sure if I would see it…not a fan of watching a cat go flying from a tall building or fall out of a cupboard. I might be too sensitive about that, but I can envision sick people hurling cats from buildings after seeing this 🙁

    We hope it is a great movie. WE also agree that we would have purrfurred an “average Joe” kind of cat although there really is no “average” cat MOL
    Hopefully cat people won’t purrpurrtrate the same mistake as the Dalmation fiasco!
    Never should animals pay the price for our greed and stupidity!
    We would love to see spots for animal adoptions every time this or any other animal related film is promoted!
    Looking foward to Mr Fuzzy Pants fur sure!
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

    1. I breed Ragdoll cats. the cat used does look every bit Ragdoll. I have one just like him. how many Siberians have the Blue eyes? the cat used looks just the same as my Lynks bi coloured Ragdoll.

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