Murder of a Cat
|Murder of a Cat|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gillian Greene|
|Produced by||Sam Raimi
|Written by||Christian Magalhaes
|Music by||Deborah Lurie|
Murder of a Cat is a 2014 American independent thriller comedy film directed by Gillian Greene and starring Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, J.K. Simmons, and Blythe Danner. The film premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
When someone murders his beloved cat, Clinton (Kranz), an adult child, demands justice. Taking it upon himself to solve the case, he teams up with an unlikely ally, Greta (Reed), and the two set out to find the culprit lurking in their small suburban town. But as Clinton searches for the truth, he begins to uncover a conspiracy that goes far deeper than he anticipated.
- Fran Kranz as Clinton
- Nikki Reed as Greta
- Greg Kinnear as Al Ford
- J.K. Simmons as Sheriff Hoyle
- Blythe Danner as Edie
- Ted Raimi as Young Sheriff
- Dileep Rao as Doctor Mundhra
The screenplay was on the Hollywood "Black List" survey in 2010. Fran Kranz replaced Jay Baruchel in the lead role. The film was shot on location in Los Angeles, CA in 2013 by Seine Pictures and Raimi Productions.
The film was poorly received by critics. It currently has a 31 out of 100 on aggregate reviewer website Metacritic. Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie a score of 30%. Kranz took a lot of the criticism along with Greene's direction.
|“||[T]his bucket of swill is so amateurish and confused it doesn’t know what it is. It’s not a comedy, drama or anything in-between. It’s best described as a bad California home movie... I saw it with three people. One walked out. The star of this dirge is a banana head named Fran Kranz, whose onscreen charisma is an undetectable secret. The benign direction is by Gillian Greene and the idiotic script is by Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow.||”|
Joe Neumaier of The New York Daily News had slightly more positive things to say about the film:
|“||This is a perfect example of the kind of indie movie J.K. Simmons will hopefully never have to do again if he wins an Oscar for Whiplash. The veteran character actor is in just a few scenes here, as a local sheriff helping a very annoying fellow (Fran Kranz).||”|
Sara Stewart of The New York Post gave the film more of a mixed review:
|“||Heavy on quirk and light on wit, first-time director Gillian Greene’s comedy leans too heavily on the badly wigged Kranz, whose whiny and obsessive mannerisms make you wonder why Reed’s character shows any interest in him. Greene’s got a game supporting cast... but they’re all hampered by the screenplay’s lack of bite. Swing a dead cat here and you’ll hit a piece of limp dialogue.||”|
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