Nine Lives

(2016)

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Title:
Nine Lives
Release Date:
3rd August 2016
Runtime:
90 min
MPAA Rating:
PG
Genres:
Directors:
Barry Sonnenfeld
Writers:
Gwyn Lurie, Matt Allen
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

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 begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected. If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 4%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 43%
IMDb Rating 3.5

Casts

Cheryl Hines as Madison Camden
Jennifer Garner as Lara Brand
Kevin Spacey as Tom Brand
Mark Consuelos as Ian Cox
Robbie Amell as David Brand

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by KristinaHughes916 8th August, 2016

Full of Laughs and Little Chuckles

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 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.

Reviewed by statuskuo 8th August, 2016

My Girlfriend Would Not Give Me Head...

...until I took her to this movie. Fellas, you are wasting a golden opportunity to get in good with your girl. "Nine Lives" is an adorable romp around a serious topic we've neglected: Cats rights. The local cat lady I spoke to thought this is the "Spartacus" of all cat movies. And "Cat Fancy" is doing a three page spread on the long reaching effects this movie will be. Some say that I am a Jennifer Garner apologist. Puh-lease. I'll be the brave one and say I did not care for "Elektra" I hate them even more that they spelled her name with a "K." So you KNOW I'm being honest with you. A time-honored classic, and oral to boot. How can I give this thing anything BUT a 10. GO GO GO! See it.

Reviewed by steve beard ([email protected]) 7th August, 2016

Nice Family TV Movie

I saw "9 Lives", starring Kevin Spacey-Elvis & Nixon, The Men Who Stare at Goats; Jennifer Garner-Miracles From Heaven, Juno; Cheryl Hines- Suburgatory_tv, RV and Christopher Walken-Jersey Boys, Joe Dirt. This is a family comedy that could have easily been on TV. Kevin plays a rich businessman-think Donald Trump before he decided to go into politics-that has just finished his newest sky-scrapper. He has been spending so much time on completing it that he has been ignoring his family life. Jennifer plays his second/present wife, who keeps trying to remind him of his up-coming daughters' birthday, to no avail. Cheryl plays Kevin's first wife that divorced Kevin because he ignored her so much and now, keeps hanging around as a 'friend' to Jennifer by telling her to divorce Kevin, too. Kevin finally asks what his daughter wants and is told, a cat, so he stops at a pet shop owned by Christopher. The cat and Kevin are then in an accident that causes Kevin to go into a coma and his mind goes into the cat's body. Hilarity ensues. There are a few funny parts but there are also lots of unfunny, predictable parts. It's not a bad movie, just a little predictable. Lets just say that kids will probably like it more than adults-they haven't seen as many TV shows as adults have and it is new material to them. It's rated "PG" for language and rude humor and has a running time of 1 hour & 27 minutes. It's not one that I would buy on DVD but if you have some little ones around the house, it would be a good rental.

Reviewed by keiichi73 6th August, 2016

You will believe that a man can purr...

Barry Sonnenfeld's Nine Lives is a profoundly stupid movie. It's about a billionaire New York businessman who is egotistical, full of himself and likes to put his name on every building he owns (Sound like anyone who's been in the headlines a lot this past year?), and how he learns to be a better father to his adult son and young daughter, and a better husband to his wife, while having his soul trapped in his daughter's cat. The movie stars Kevin Spacey. Yes, Kevin Spacey, that most gifted and treasured of actors. The man has won numerous awards, including the Oscar and the Tony. Now he can probably expect a Razzie early next year. To be fair, he's not sleepwalking through this movie, though you kind of wish he was. He gives the material more effort than it deserves. The movie also stars Jennifer Garner as his wife, and Cheryl Hines as his ex-wife, who shows up to be humiliated once in a while. When Hines shows up at his penthouse apartment, Kevin Spacey (in cat form) decides to use her expensive purse as a litter box. Ho, ho. Spacey is Tom Brand, who wants to build the world's tallest skyscraper. When it's revealed that a building in Chicago is going to be taller, he has a fit, and threatens to miss his 11-year-old daughter's birthday party. Still, he's determined to impress her, so he races around Manhattan for a pet cat that she wants. This leads him to a tiny little pet shop run by a mysterious shopkeeper, played by Christopher Walken. The performance Walken gives is sadly subdued. A little bit of his strange humor would have done wonders. Tom picks out a cat named Mr. Fuzzypants, and then decides to head back to his corporate building, so that he can go to the roof in the middle of a thunderstorm and yell at his corporate lackey Ian (Mark Consuelos). To make a long story short, a stray thunderbolt knocks Tom off the roof, placing him in a coma. When Tom wakes up, his soul has been transported into the body of Mr. Fuzzypants, and he finds himself in the hospital where his wife and daughter are fretting over his unconscious human body. Fortunately, Christopher Walken is there to explain what has happened, and tells him he has to learn to appreciate his family in the cat's body before the doctor's pull the plug on his human body. Tom's wife and daughter (who don't seem nearly as distressed as they should be that he is clinging to life) bring Mr. Fuzzypants home, not knowing that Tom is inhabiting the feline. He tries to get their attention, but nothing seems to work. It's not until he starts bonding with his daughter that he starts to realize how important his family is. Nine Lives is credited to five different screenwriters, who must have gone home weary after a long day of dreaming up scenes like the one where Mr. Fuzzypants tries to open a bottle of scotch with his tiny paws. The cat itself is played by a combination of a real cat, and a blatantly CG one for when it has to leap off a windowsill and bounce off an awning, or when it starts doing amazing dancing and backflip moves. I'm not blaming the filmmakers for using special effects in order to display things that a real cat simply can't do. I just wish they made more of an effort, so the effects would look slightly more convincing than Gumby and Pokey. The movie is 90 minutes of pure mindless fluff with no nutritional value whatsoever. And no, I am not exactly condemning all fluff. I have enjoyed films that most have dismissed as such in the past. This is simply bad fluff. It's cheaply made, poorly written, and has absolutely nothing to offer other than those with the simplest of tastes. This is yet another movie that feels like nobody really wanted to make it, and just showed up every day. I will probably never know what drew Kevin Spacey to Nine Lives. All I can say is I hope he got more out of it than I did. At least he got paid. I got to sit in the dark, and wonder what I was doing with my life for 90 minutes.

Reviewed by subxerogravity 5th August, 2016

It's the greatest movie ever!!!...If you love cats.

This was the movie everyone sneaked into see after watching Suicide Squad. I kept thinking to myself, why would Barry Sonnenfeld make a movie like this? Also thinking that House of Cards star, Kevein Spacey could have landed himself a better between seasons gig. So what's going on? I'll tell you what's going on, that cat is the reason why you want to see this movie. Kevin Spacey's soul gets trapped into a cat thanks to Christopher Walken, because he's neglecting his family for his company. In his attempts to convince his family that he's the cat, he starts doing the cutest things, thus becoming the longest (Possibly the most expensive) Youtube cat video ever made . There was one scene when the Cat (With Kevin Spacey's voice), attempts to write a letter to his family stating he's stuck in the cat. When the cat picks up the pen, my eyes popped out of my socket. Sure, as he starts to write you realize that this is CGI, but I was hooked. From that moment on it became about when was this cat going to reappear on the screen. I should have known this was going to happen as the movie started out with clips of cat's on the internet. As great of as Spacey is at playing the jerk you can't help but to love, That cat was the real movie star here. Every time it shares a scene with the little girl playing Spacey's daughter in the movie I'm all like "so Cute". As you can tell I'm a cat lover. If you are a cat lover you might enjoy the film as much as I do. Other than that. it's literally ninety minutes of nothing only worth seeing if you have nine lives to live. http://cinemagardens.com