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Nine Lives
Nine Lives

Movie: Nine Lives
Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 reels
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, language and some rude humor (you may have to explain what “neutered” means to your child)
Released in Theatets: August 5, 2016
Best for Ages: 7+
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 87 minutes
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Studio: EuropaCorp
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines and Melina Weissman

Popular review sites like “Rotten Tomatoes” and “Common Sense Media” hated this movie. I loved it and, thankfully, didn’t read any of the nasty comments about the film before buying my tickets. Those reviewers have become quite jaded, in my opinion.

I see a number of PG movies with my 8-year-old granddaughter, and for the most part, I don’t agree with what’s written about the films.

In “Nine Lives,” Kevin Spacey plays Tom Brand, a man who spends all his time at work or working on creating the tallest building in the world. His daughter’s 11th birthday is coming up and he’s stuck on what to get her for a gift, so he asks his staff.

Some of the more savvy among them remind him that Rebecca (Melina Weissman) has asked for a cat for the last several years. Although Brand hates cats, he drives to a non-descript pet store called Purrfect Pets, situated in an untraveled alley. Through a strange turn of events, Brand becomes trapped in the cat’s body.

What happens while Brand is turned into Mr. Fuzzypants is hilarious, even if it is a CGI cat. Everyone in the auditorium where I saw the movie was laughing most of the time. Granted, most of them were children, but who doesn’t need to laugh these days, given the state of current events?

How does Brand convert from Mr. Fuzzypants back to a husband and father intent on spending more time with his family? Or does he? You’ll need to see the movie to find out.

I highly recommend “Nine Lives” as a fun outing with the family in an air-conditioned theater. Check out the trailer:

JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM:
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

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