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At Theaters: 12/20/2019 On Video: 4/7/2020
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601476
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Animated Comedy Drama - This is a film adaptation of the popular stage musical, and a faithful one at that, thus it has a very thin storyline with its large ensemble cast--including Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, and Taylor Swift--singing and dancing with elaborate visual effects making them look like cats. This is an ensemble piece with the big names, especially Swift, in fairly small roles, with the most prominent role played by newcomer Francesca Hayward. As with the stage show, this is all-ages friendly and most likely to be enjoyed by young kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Idris Elba MOLLY'S GAME, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
Mette Towley HUSTLERS
Rebel Wilson THE HUSTLE, ISN'T IT ROMANTIC, PITCH PERFECT 3
Ian McKellen THE GOOD LIAR, ALL IS TRUE, MR. HOLMES
Director: Tom Hopper THE KING'S SPEECH
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Comic fighting, falls, and hits.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Brief fighting.
COMEDY: Silly banter, wisecracks, slapstick, sight gags involving cats.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average There isn't much more to Cats than the experience of sitting back and watching weird-looking performers pretending to be cats while gyrating to Andrew Lloyd Webber songs. An individual's appreciation of Cats may rest on a previous love of the stage play; others are more likely to throw up a hairball than purr in contentment.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average "Cats" suffers from a problem common in contemporary filmed musicals. The musical doesn't trust the audience, doesn't trust that the dancing in and of itself is exciting enough to hold our interest. I enjoyed the film for what it is. It's "London's Got Talent" for the feline set.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average ...utterly absurd yet oddly charming... "Cats" the stage production doesn't have much of a plot and neither does the movie... "Cats" isn't for everyone - much of it is a cheesy, B-grade affair... Those with an open mind, though, as well as little kids and the T-Swift posse, might find it somewhat pawesome.

NY Post Full Review
Poor Please wipe this movie from my "Memory."Director Tom Hooper's movie is a huge failure because he's completely abandoned the fundamentals of what made "Cats" a terrific show: sublime music, captivating dance and an intoxicating atmosphere.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 15 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
1
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Low
33%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
Low
0%
30+Adults (F)
9
Fairly High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 15 moviegoers:
Unfortunately, this movie wasn't well attended. We were only able to collect 15 reviews from a couple showings.
TEENS: The lone female in this group loved "Cats."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The males didn't enjoy "Cats." The ladies also didn't care for it.
ADULTS: Most of the adult ladies enjoyed "Cats" very much, rating it "very good" (above average).

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