Starring: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft
Directed by: Jodie Foster
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) is a single mom facing unemployment and the prospect of her daughter coming of age who dreads facing the most terrifying thing of all … Thanksgiving with her family back home.
Purr Blur: Claudia’s mom Adele (Anne Bancroft) and father Henry (Charles Durning) pick her up at the airport. As they drive down the street towards their home a cat can just barely be seen crossing the street near the top of the hill.
Featured Feline: When Claudia arrives home her father, Henry (Charles Durning) enters the house. A large Maine Coon cat is sitting on the stair landing but jumps to the floor below when he passes.
Claudia stoops down to greet the cat named Frank. Frank coughs a little and Claudia wonders if he has a cold like her. Instead Frank hacks up a hairball and then walks away.
Frank is seen several times in the film, mostly in the background as when he’s laying on the couch.
When Claudia’s brother, Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.) comes home he greets Frank in the kitchen by picking him up and yowling strangely at him. Tommy notes that Frank is not responding at all when he sees his mother and sets the cat down before moving on to her.
Later Claudia is distressed when she finds out that Russell Terziak (David Strathairn), a former boyfriend whom she rejected, is working on the heater. Frank is sitting next to Russell as he works.
When the family is gathered in the living room before dinner, Aunt Glady (Geraldine Chaplin) is seen scooping the filling from a piece of celery to give to Frank before eating the plain celery herself.
Towards the end of the film, Claudia wakes up the morning after Thanksgiving and walks to the window. Frank is sitting on the windowsill and she pets him.
Claudia goes downstairs holding Frank when her mother re-enters the house.
Final Mewsings: Cats should always be included in family holiday gatherings.