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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Nine Lives (2016)

A wealthy business tycoon (Kevin Spacey) puts his family a far second to his company. Although he hates cats, he gives in and buys his daughter (Malina Weisman) a cat for her birthday but a fall from a high rise building puts his body in a coma in a hospital while his brain enters the cat! This is your typical body switch movie, think FREAKY FRIDAY and its spawn, only this time it's the feline version. A friend commented that this was the kind of thing that Bob Crane would do in the 70s and the movie definitely has that 70s Disney live action movie vibe. If you're a cat lover, there's every chance you might find this modestly entertaining but if you're not ..... avoid at all costs, it can get pretty sappy. It's not the kind of movie that requires much acting and Spacey and Christopher Walken as a cat store proprietor are overqualified for stuff like this though it was probably an easy paycheck for Spacey. It's mostly voiceover work for him as his body lies in a coma in the hospital. The best performance comes from Cheryl Hines as Spacey's bitchy ex-wife but the performer I felt the sorriest for was Jennifer Garner as Spacey's current wife. Somebody give this actress a decent part! Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (MEN IN BLACK). With Mark Consuelos and Robbie Amell.

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