Absolutely Underrated! Pre-paid bad publicity? (by daybreakk)
This is a light-hearted comedy! Unlike Star Treks and the likes or cheesy teens comedies, easy to sit through. Good not only for teens, though a bit offensive for cats. Acting and casting are not for disappointments! I rate it 9 lives +1 for its longer life and against dog lovers' low ratings discriminating, habitually, against little cats on the big screen! After all, it is thought-provocative, with a cat character brought to life by a compelling and intelligent cat star. Young actress Malina Weissman as Tom's daughter Rebecca is sweet and innocent childlike. The movie is absolutely <more>
Why has this film been given such poor ratings? It is a lovely film, perfect for kids and adults alike. It is gentle, funny and charming. Visually it is a treat and the set designer deserves an award for producing such beautiful sets. Jennifer Garner never fails to charm and in this film and in this film she is perfectly matched with her little look alike daughter, Malina Weissman. Malina is perfectly cast and her future should be assured, based on her performance in this film. Cheryl Hines is very funny in her part of the ex-wife. Kevin Spacey is never my favorite actor, however he is <more>
perfectly cast as the self centered, uber successful business man, content to neglect his family. The film is funny with several laugh out loud moments. You don't have to be a cat lover to like the film but for those cat lovers out there you will recognize several famous cats. Overall it is a very enjoyable film. Go see it!
This is a purrrrfect example of its genre, the "animal movie." The animal movie is designed to appeal to the "entire family" meaning it's really for adults but safe to bring the kids to see. The target audience is lovers of the specific animal who is the main character, in this case, a cat. It features the animal's behavior in both funny and serious ways. It may have an uplifting message or tone, even if it deals with serious situations. Yep, checkmarked all those perfectly.The point of view character is the dad, Brand, stuck in a cat's body. Brand is a rich <more>
guy obsessed with building a giant tower with his name on it, who likes to fly through the air and land on his tower. So basically he's Tony Stark as a dad. How would Tony Stark be as a dad? Well, not that great. Until he learns to embrace cat-hood. I think this movie may have been mis-marketed a bit. All the previous that ran ahead of it were kids' movies. But the person the viewer is supposed to identify with is the parent. There are kids in the movie, but the dad-cat is the character who has a growth and redemption arc and is the focus of most of the scenes. The movie deals with some serious subjects such as death and divorce. The plot turns on knowing the meaning and significance of terms like "articles of incorporation" which you will need to be able to read off the screen and immediately understand to get what's going on, so younger kids might not be able to follow all of what's happening in the plot. They'll still enjoy the cat antics, though.I loved the destructive cat stuff: the jumping around, knocking things over, scratching things up and scratching people up and I literally laughed out loud a few times. I think I laughed the loudest when Mr. Fuzzypants peed in Brand's ex-wife's purse. There were some internet celebrity cats featured in the movie, too. It was hilarious! Go see it if you like cats.
That is nice and funny movie. Yes, I cant say I was laugh as crazy as I usual do at the comedies, but anyway, this cartoon made me smile all the time. What is really important about this movie is that kids had fun while watched it. And adult persons with them. Everyone felt positive and nice feelings. That is really very beautiful and bright movie with many funny characters. The story is not hard for understanding that's why its easy to sit through. Wish to see more movie just like this one.
Simple, fun movie in an age of remakes and comic adaptations. (by finsfan_ct)
If you enjoy spending your money on constant remakes and comic book adaptations then you probably won't enjoy this movie. There are no 'dark' characters, violence or sex in this movie.If you want to see a movie that isn't loud and vulgar but simply a fun, easy watch then "Nine Lives" is right up your alley....Pun intended.I agree the premise of a "workaholic parent that experiences a life- changing event to learn a lesson" is a little overdone and tired. It's basically the plot behind 50% of the content on "The Hallmark Channel". However, the <more>
CGI graphics and an affinity for animal movies made this a movie I wanted to go see. Sure, the ending was mostly predictable, but I laughed through most of the movie. I believe Spacey did a good job with the role and Christopher Walken once again works the role of "creepy character actor" to its full extent.In a summer where comic book remakes like "Suicide Squad" and "Avengers:Age of Ultron" will be much bigger box office hits and a movie like "Sausage Party" draws ANYBODY to the theater...."Nine Lives" offers something that you DON'T see every 3 months....family fun.
Full of Laughs and Little Chuckles (by KristinaHughes916)
This fun film was full of laughs and little chuckles.Did the CGI look silly? Sometimes. Might casting have been different, maybe. Was it easy to catch on to where the story was going? It's possible.BUT, the cat is adorable. Christopher Walken is a hoot. The set design is crisp and classic. We almost passed on seeing this b/c of the mention that the character is like Donald Trump. Sure there are some parallels to him, but thankfully this was not really a political film, other than the Bush moments, which you can just roll your eyes at and move on.The theatre was full and everyone was along <more>
for the ride. The parents next to me who commented during the previews...of that's gonna be 2 hours that I'll never get back really seemed please with this film.I did enjoy it so much more that Secret Life of Pets.
Calling all Cat Lovers - You have to watch this! (by indienari)
We almost didn't watch this movie because the ratings were so bad, I am sorry I waited this long! I went with my sister and my kids aged 10 and 7, we laughed the whole way through! It was such a funny movie. I loved all the characters, especially frustrated Mr. Fuzzy Pants..! The supporting characters were great especially Christopher Walken and Cheryl Hines. Jennifer Garner and the girl cast as her daughter were beautiful and perfectly cast. Yes the story was a little predictable, but it didn't matter..the cat antics were hysterical, cat lovers and Kevin Spacey lovers will enjoy this <more>
film. We wanted an enjoyable family, summer movie and we got it!! PLEASE go watch this movie! It's a great last hurrah before school starts :
In case there is any doubt, there are cats, real ones, in Nine Lives not zombies/vampires/ax-wielding psychopaths choose one that come alive every nine years to terrorize a village/teens/family choose one with blood and gore abound. So unless you at least like cats a little, you may not like Nine Lives. But I can tell you that the kids in the audience I was in--loved it. And so did the adults who came to the movie with me. Yeah, OK, I admit we like cats. And I think in the end that may be all that matters. What saddens me are the many critics, and wannabe critics who are trashing, and I <more>
mean trashing, this film. Now that they have had their opinions and comments, everyone has a right to MY opinions and comments. Here are a few... I grew up going to see Disney live action family comedy/fantasy films such as The Shaggy Dog to which this film is similar , The Absent Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, the Love Bug films and so on. I think the great theatre actress Helen Hayes was in a Love Bug. Were these Oscar caliber films? No, they were made to be good family entertainment. Did Oscar award winning actors appear in them...you bet your life they did. If in doubt, check IMDb for the casts of Disney live action films made in the 50's 60's and 70's. I liked the characters in the film, their connections to each other, and the love shown throughout the film. Note: I am not mentioning Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, Jennifer Garner et al. here, because I saw them as characters not actors. One of the criticisms of the film is that some critics could not believe a certain actor s would make this kind of film or play that kind of part. That is not a criticism. Actors play all kinds of characters. It's their job. So I look at how well they played the characters. Were the characters believable? I admit there is some broad character acting. This is not uncommon, however, in a fantasy/comedy, especially one playing to a kid audience. So taking this into consideration—were they believable for a comedy/fantasy film? Yes. Back to what I liked about the characters--I loved that the daughter clearly loved BOTH her mother and her neglectful father. I loved that the ex wife and wife, both very different people, were friends. I loved that the older step brother loved his younger step sister, loved his father and was loyal to him despite the rude things his father said to him. I loved that family love remained constant, although wavering at times, even when the head of the family had a difficult time sharing his love with them. In a cynical world, this kind of family love does not exist, but we can hope for it.Third, I liked the story. Nine Lives is a comedy but it is also a fantasy. I think this is what some of the critics forget. Fantasy requires that we believe things that may not be possible or logical. If we believe all the things Harry Potter and his friends did, why can't we believe a man could change places with a cat to learn a lesson. By the way, one of the professors in Harry Potter could change into a cat and she was an Academy Award/Emmy winner. I do think the business story about the tallest building was weak, but I think that may matter more to adults than kids. And, who knows it might be the kind of thing that might matter to someone like, say...Mr. Trump. This part of the story gave an opportunity for the villain s to be established, and again for the son to show his loyalty and love for his father and his father's ultimate love for him. Fourth, and this is a personal/technical thing...it was not animated, except for CG effects. I love animated films. Some of my favorite films are animated. In fact there was 15 minutes of nothing but animated film previews before this film started. I felt it was nice to see actual humans...and cats...for a change. Thankfully, too, the cat's mouth is not animated to look like it's talking. There is no Academy Award to-be-nominated song, although I did like "Three Cool Cats".So I can't trash this film. It made me laugh. It made me feel good. The underlying message is simple, love your family...if you are human, you only live once so do it right. And if this message is cliché, it can't be said enough, especially in these times. So, if just this is enough motivation for you or you and your kids to see it...Don't paws, go! PS: By the way, real cats are not allowed in the movie theatre. They will need to wait for the DVD. But I hear that stuffed toy cats are welcome.
For once in the summer of 2016 we had an opportunity to see a film that was not a sequel, prequel, remake, rehash, regurgitation or serialization of an other/previous film. i know Hollywood likes to bank on safety in Box-Office numbers but it was just nice to see something original. where have all the screen writers gone? . And seeing this cast totally playing straight-person to felines: funny. and fine acting too . Anyone who has a cat in their life will find this amusing. worth the price of the popcorn; i haven't laughed this loudly in the cinema for a long time. while we're on <more>
Box-Office: i wish the powers that be would NOT talk about films in terms of money made but tickets sold. the money figures will always get bigger as inflation is a fact of life. But are films selling as many tickets as they used to? End of rant.