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Mafia! (1998)

Mafia! poster

Touchstone Pictures
Starring:
 Lloyd Bridges, Jay Mohr
Directed by: Jim Abrahams

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

Synopsis: An Airplane! style spoof of The Godfather and other mob movies.

Kitty Cameo: In the segment which spoofs the opening scenes of the original Godfather, Vincenzo Cortino (Lloyd Bridges) takes the Brando role and is sitting in his office listening to requests for favors. As in the original movie a cat is seated on Cortino’s lap (in the original it was a tabby cat while this cat is mostly auburn in color with only slight tabby markings).

Mafia - close up of cat being petted blurry

Mafia - close up of cat being petted

Mafia - cat being petted by Vincenzo Cortino Lloyd Bridges

Mafia - cat still being petted by Vincenzo Cortino Lloyd Bridges

Cortino sets the cat down on the desk as he gets up.

Mafia - Vincenzo Cortino Lloyd Bridges sets cat down on desk

Kitty Carnage Warning!  In this version, Cortino is a hopeless klutz and he immediately bangs his head into a lamp. As he does this, he knocks the lid of a cigar humidor down, cutting off the cat’s tail. In freeze frame you can see the cat is likely a Manx and the tail is fake.

Mafia - close up of cat's tail in humidor

The cat then flies through the air.

Mafia - cat flying across desk

The cat is not seen again after this but its tail is still in the cigar box, wagging. Cortino eventually picks it up and tries to light it but it keeps waving back and forth. And when he finally goes light it a pained meow is heard.

Mafia - cat tail in humidor box

Mafia - Vincenzo Cortino Lloyd Bridges holding cat's tail like a cigar

Mafia - Vincenzo Cortino Lloyd Bridges trying to light cat's tail like a cigar

Final Mewsings: Humidors and cat tails apparently do not mix.


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Prime (2005)

Prime poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg, Meryl Streep
Directed by: Ben Younger

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

Synopsis: Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman) is a 37 year old who falls for 23 year old David Bloomberg (Bryan Greenberg), not realizing that he is the son of her therapist (Meryl Streep).

Featured Feline: Rafi owns a tabby cat who is never addressed by name. Oddly enough when David first visits her apartment, there appears to be a calico cat sitting in the background. From here on out, though, the cat seen in her apartment is a tabby and no calico is ever seen again, so it’s not clear if the calico was replaced or if Rafi is supposed to own two cats.

Prime - calico cat seen in background

Prime - tabby cat sitting on couch behind Rafi Uma Thurman and David Bryan Greenberg

When David moves into Rafi’s apartment, the cat is seen numerous times, usually being petted by David.

Prime - tabby cat sitting on couch with Rafi Uma Thurman and David Bryan Greenberg

Prime - tabby cat sitting on couch behind Rafi Uma Thurman and David Bryan Greenberg closer

Prime - tabby cat sitting on couch with David Bryan Greenberg

Prime - tabby cat walking on couch behind David Bryan Greenberg

At one point Rafi gives David a video game console. The cat is seen next to the television as David plays.

Prime - tabby cat sitting beside television set

In one scene David is hanging out with his friend Morris (Jon Abrahams), who is not supposed to be in the apartment. When Rafi comes home unexpectedly, David hides Morris in a closet. Morris is startled when he realizes the cat is there with him.

Prime - tabby cat close in closet

Morris offers the cat some beer, which the cat drinks (presumably it was water in the bottle, not actual beer).

Prime - tabby cat with mouth open and beer bottle

Prime - tabby cat licking at beer bottle

Prime - tabby cat gnawing at beer bottle with Morris Jon Abrahams animated gif

Prime - tabby cat being given beer by Morris Jon Abrahams

David is insisting no one is there when Rafi hears Morris sneeze. Morris comes out of the closet and admits he’s allergic to cats as the cat runs past him.

Prime - Morris Jon Abrahams exiting closet with tabby cat

The cat is last seen looking at Rafi longingly after she and David have broken up.

Prime - tabby cat close up

“Why don’t you call him, then?” Rafi suggests.

Prime - Rafi Uma Thurman looking at tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t care what age your boyfriends are as long as they are cat-attentive.


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8mm (1999)

8MM poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Nicholas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix
Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Synopsis: Tom Welles (Nicholas Cage) is a private investigator who is hired to find out whether or not a snuff film is authentic.

Purr Blur: In one scene Tom starts to view some sado-masochistic videos. There is one quick shot of a tabby cat hissing. The cat is only on screen for a second or two.

8MM - close up of tabby cat hissing

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t volunteer for snuff films.


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Bobby (2006)

Bobby poster

The Weinstein Company
Starring:
 Ashton Kutcher, Brian Geraghty, Shia LaBeouf
Directed by: Emilio Estevez

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

Synopsis: An incredible ensemble cast recreate the day’s events leading up to Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Kitty Cameo: Part of the story focuses on two young campaign workers named Jimmy (Brian Geraghty) and Cooper (Shia LaBeouf) who visit a room occupied by a hippie drug seller named Fisher (Ashton Kutcher). They want to buy some joints but Fisher introduces them to LSD instead. A pretty flame-point Siamese cat (whose name was reportedly Poppy) is sitting on a chair nearby.

Bobby - flame point Siamese cat sitting on chair

After Jimmy and Cooper start tripping, Cooper takes some film footage of the cat. Later Cooper gets naked and gets into the cat’s litter box.

Bobby - flame point Siamese cat being filmed in litter box

Final Mewsings: Cats prefer it if tripping campaign workers would stay out of their litter box.


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Innocent Sinners (1958)

Innocent Sinners poster

The Rank Organisation
Starring:
 June Archer, Christopher Hey
Directed by: Philip Leacock

Synopsis: Lovejoy Mason (June Archer) is a little girl living in war-torn London who has but one dream; to have her very own garden.

Kitty Cameo: At first Lovejoy tries planting her garden in an area of bombed-out buildings. When she first finds a little plot of earth she notices a Bengal-striped tabby cat sitting on a wall watching her.

Innocent Sinners - Bengal-striped tabby cat sitting on wall

Lovejoy runs at the cat and yells at it, scaring it away.

Innocent Sinners - Lovejoy June Archer running and yelling at Bengal-striped tabby cat sitting on wall

Later Lovejoy has planted some grass and places a net over it. She sees the cat watching her again and picks up a piece of rubble to throw, but the cat hurries away.

Innocent Sinners - Bengal-striped tabby cat sitting on wall again

Innocent Sinners - Bengal-striped tabby cat leaving wall

Final Mewsings: If you plant it, cats will come … and go.


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