Funny Friday bannerBetter Off Dead (1985)

Better Off Dead poster

A&M Films
Starring:
 John Cusack, Diane Franklin
Directed by: Savage Steve Holland

Synopsis: Lane Meyer (John Cusack) is head over heels in love with a beautiful girl. But when she spurns him (for practically everyone else) it leaves Lane despondent.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Lane awakens to find a note from his mother (stuck to his forehead) to feed the cat. He walks into the kitchen and gets a box of dry cat food from the cupboard. It spills out all over the floor as he pours it (a running joke about his brother cutting coupons from the boxes before they are empty) and sits down at a nearby table as the cat hurries to the bowl to eat.

Better Off Dead - gray cat eating from bowl with Lane John Cusack at table in background

Better Off Dead - gray cat eating from bowl with Lane John Cusack at table in background

Better Off Dead - gray cat eating from bowl with Lane John Cusack at table in background animated gif

After hearing the doorbell ring, Lane gets up to answer it, scaring the cat away from the bowl.

Better Off Dead - gray cat running away from bowl with Lane John Cusack approaching in background

Better Off Dead - gray cat running from bowl with Lane John Cusack approaching in background animated gif

Final Mewsings: Can’t a cat just eat in peace?

Many thanks to @boonerang for letting is know about the cat in this movie!


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The Statement (2003)

The Statement poster

Serendipity Point Films
Starring:
 Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton
Directed by: Norman Jewison

Synopsis: Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine), a former French informant during the time of Nazi occupation, is hunted down by those wanting to bring him to justice.

Purr Blur: As the police close in on a monastery where Brossard is believed to be hiding, a black cat can be seen walking behind some of the monks.

The Statement - black cat walking behind monks

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate peace and quiet.


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High School High (1996)

High School High poster

TriStar Pictures
Starring:
 Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere
Directed by: Hart Bochner

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Optimistic and naive teacher Richard Clark (Jon Lovitz) has a lot to learn in his new job as a history instructor for an inner-city school.

Kitty Cameo: After administrator Victoria Chapell (Tia Carrere) is attacked in school, she and Richard go back to her place. He is tending to her sore head while they sit on her bed. A white cat is sitting behind them.

High School High - white cat sitting on bed behind Richard Jon Lovitz and Victoria Tia Carrere

High School High - white cat sitting on bed behind Richard Jon Lovitz and Victoria Tia Carrere

The cat is still there when Richard accidentally hits Victoria with a desk drawer, knocking her out.

High School High - white cat sitting on bed behind Victoria Tia Carrere

Richard tries to loosen Victoria’s bra while she is unconscious (to help her breath, you see). The cat looks at him strangely and then meows.

High School High - white cat sitting on bed

High School High - white cat sitting on bed meowing

High School High - white cat sitting on bed

The cat is not seen again but at the end of the scene Richard and Victoria start to make out in the dark. Or try to, anyway, as Richard seems to keep somehow missing her. The cat then screeches, indicating Richard was putting the moves on the wrong one.

High School High - white cat sitting on bed meowing animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t interested in relationships with history teachers.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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Mannix – “Deadfall: Part Two”

Mannix Season One DVD

Original Air Date: January 27, 1968
Starring: Mike Connors, Joseph Campanella
Directed by: Leonard J. Horn

Synopsis: Lew Wickersham (Joseph Campanella) continues to suffer from hallucinations while being held captive. Meantime, Mannix (Mike Connors) investigates the mysterious goings-on.

Kitty Cameo: While Lew is being held near the docks in a storage area, he hears a meowing coming from above. He manages to stack a barrel and stool and reach the cover of a vent. When he pulls it off, an orange tabby cat is looking down the shaft at him.

Mannix - Deadfall: Part Two - orange tabby cat looking down air shaft at Lew Wickersham Joseph Campanella

Mannix - Deadfall: Part Two - orange tabby cat looking down air shaft

Lew devises a means to escape. Eventually the cat gets bored and moves away from the hole. It should be noted that the cat looked like it was being held in position to look down the hole as opposed to doing it of his own volition.

Mannix - Deadfall: Part Two - orange tabby cat looking down air shaft

Final Mewsings: Cats on roofs don’t usually bother looking down holes.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this episode!


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Catch the Kitty (1975)

Sesame Street
Directed by:
 John and Faith Hubley

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: A segment from the classic Sesame Street series finds a little girl trying to coax a kitten out from underneath a chair.

Cartoon Cat: The little gray kitten is thinking about a bowl of milk when the little girl approaches, wanting to cuddle.

Catch the Kitty - gray kitten

Catch the Kitty - gray kitten thinking about bowl of milk

Catch the Kitty - little girl thinking about cuddling gray kitten

The kitten ducks beneath a chair and won’t come out when the girl calls.

Catch the Kitty - little girl looking for gray kitten under chair

Catch the Kitty - little girl looking for gray kitten under chair

The girl tries using a ball of yarn to lure the kitten out but it doesn’t work.

Catch the Kitty - gray kitten under chair looking at ball of yarn

The girl then tries placing a bowl of milk nearby. The kitten comes out to drink and the girl sneaks closer.

Catch the Kitty - little girl moving closer to gray kitten drinking milk

The kitten is then very upset when the girl plucks him from her milk. The kitten pictures the girl as being a witch.

Catch the Kitty - little girl hugging angry gray kitten who pictures girl as witch

The girl realizes the kitten is unhappy and sets the kitten back down to drink.

Catch the Kitty - sad little girl watches gray kitten drink milk

When the kitten is finished, she allows the girl to pick her up and both are happy.

Catch the Kitty - gray kitten rubbing against little girl's legs

Catch the Kitty - little girl hugging gray kitten

Final Mewsings: Sesame Street definitely teaches valuable lessons!


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