Nine Lives (2016 film)

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Nine Lives
Nine Lives poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by Lisa Ellzey
Written by
  • Gwyn Lurie
  • Matt R. Allen
  • Caleb Wilson
  • Daniel Antoniazzi
  • Ben Shiffrin
Starring
Music by
  • Evgueni Galperine
  • Sacha Galperine
Cinematography Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by EuropaCorp
Release date
  • 31 July 2016 (2016-07-31) (Los Angeles)
  • 3 August 2016 (2016-08-03) (France)
  • 5 August 2016 (2016-08-05) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes[1]
Country
Language English
Budget $30 million[3]
Box office $57.8 million[4]

Nine Lives (released on Australian home media as Mr. Fuzzypants[5]) is a 2016 comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, written by Gwyn Lurie, Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson, Dan Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin, and starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines, Malina Weissman and Christopher Walken. It is an international co-production between France and China. The plot follows a workaholic father who has his mind trapped inside his daughter's new cat. The film was released by EuropaCorp on 5 August 2016 and grossed $57 million.

Plot[edit]

Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a major business tycoon in New York City whose workaholic attitude ruined his first marriage with Madison (Cheryl Hines) and caused a rift between him and his adult son David (Robbie Amell) who now works for him and strives for his approval. He now lives with his second wife Lara (Jennifer Garner), who is a little more tolerant of the fact that he is never at home, and his daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date: the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere that will be the new headquarters. In the opening scene, he skydives out of a plane and lands on the top of the new skyscraper. His son, who is his assistant, remains in the plane, refusing to jump.

Rebecca's 11th birthday is coming and she has always wanted a cat, but Tom has always refused as he hates cats. Not wanting to disappoint her, he rushes to get a last-minute present for his daughter's birthday, but as he is distracted, the GPS redirects him to a mysterious pet store called Purrkins Pet Shop, brimming with odd and exotic cats. The store's eccentric owner Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken) tells him he does not pick the cat, the cat picks him. The tomcat that picked him is called Mr. Fuzzypants. Perkins says he has used up seven of his nine lives. Tom takes the cat. Tom is on his way home for the party when he decides to see Ian Cox (Mark Consuelos), one of the top managers of the company in charge of the new building, and learns that another building in Chicago will be taller. They have an argument while on the roof that ends with Brand firing Cox, but lightning strikes the antenna. Brand is blown off the building along with the cat, and without any effort from Cox to save him, he plummets off the side of the skyscraper, but his leg gets snagged on some stray equipment and gets flung back inside through a window as he passes out. When he wakes up, he realizes that his human body is in the hospital in a state of coma, and his consciousness is trapped inside the cat's body.

Felix goes to visit Tom. He is able to talk to him and knows what happened. He is told by Felix that he must reevaluate his priorities, connect with his family, and avoid past mistakes within one week or else be stuck as a cat forever. Lara and Rebecca take him home. Mr. Fuzzypants acts in an odd and stubborn way to try to convince his wife and daughter that he’s actually Tom. This only drives them mad and he slowly comes to see how much he has ignored his family. He also learns that Ian is trying to make the company public with the help of the board of directors to take power from Tom, even though David is trying to stop him. Ian has David fired from the company and plans to announce that the company will be sold at the party for the new tower opening.

Eventually Rebecca realizes that Mr. Fuzzypants is really her father. Meanwhile, Tom's body is in crisis at the hospital and Lara, David, and Rebecca all go there. Rebecca has the cat hidden in her backpack. In a moment alone, David tells Tom that he is sorry he failed to save the company and he takes Tom's ID badge. It is implied that David plans to commit suicide at the tower. At the hospital, Lara and Dr. Cole plan to disconnect Tom's respirator and let him die. Rebecca calls to the cat to come prove he's really Tom, but Tom remembers what Mr. Perkins said about love being sacrifice and decides to go after David instead, knowing that his human body will die and he will be trapped as a cat forever.

At the tower, David jumps off the building and the cat jumps after him pulling a cable. It is then revealed that David is wearing a BASE jumping parachute. He lands in the middle of the party, presents the articles of incorporation of the company, and announces that he now controls his father's 51% of the stock. He says the company will remain a family company and fires Ian. Although the cat is not seen landing, Tom wakes up from his coma just in time to see David's announcement on the television. Meanwhile, Ian passes Mr. Perkins who tells him to hang up his cell phone. Ian ignores him, but is then hit by a car, and his consciousness transfers into a cat that Mr. Perkins takes back to his shop.

Tom and Rebecca return to Perkins where Tom asks if he has any dogs. Perkins says he does not, but presents Mr. Fuzzypants who has one life left.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On 12 January 2015, it was announced Barry Sonnenfeld would direct the film.[13] On 28 January 2015, Kevin Spacey joined the cast.[6] On 25 March 2015, Malina Weissman joined the cast.[9] On 31 March 2015, Christopher Walken joined the cast to play Felix Perkins, the owner of a mystical pet shop,[10] and on 9 April 2015, Jennifer Garner and Robbie Amell joined as well.[7] On 13 April 2015, Mark Consuelos was cast in the film,[8] and on 27 April 2015, Talitha Bateman was cast as well.[11] Principal photography began on 4 May 2015, and ended on 24 July 2015.[14][15]

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled to be released on 29 April 2016, by EuropaCorp,[16] but was pushed back to 5 August 2016.[17]

Box office[edit]

Nine Lives grossed $19.7 million in North America and $38.1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $57.8 million against a budget of $30 million.[18]

The film was released in North America on August 5, 2016 alongside Suicide Squad. The film was projected to gross $10 million from 2,264 theaters in its opening weekend.[19][18] The film made $2.4 million on its first day. It went on to gross $6.2 million in its opening weekend, finishing 6th at the box office.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, the film has an approval rating of 14% based on 64 reviews; the average rating is 2.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Not meow, not ever".[21] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 11 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[22] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[23]

IndieWire's David Ehrlich gave the film a grade of D, saying, "Cats may have nine lives, but you only get one, and it’s too precious to waste on this drivel. You’re better off watching a gif of a cat whose face is stuck in a slice of bread. It will save you $20 and a few hours of your time".[24] David Palmer of The Reel Deal gave the film 3/10, writing, "The only reason this 'comedy' won’t derail Kevin Spacey’s career is no one will ever watch this outside of military interrogation rooms".[25] Rolling Stone's Peter Travers gave the film zero out of four stars and wrote, "At 87 torturous, laugh-free minutes, the film could change the most avid cat fancier into a kitty hater".[26]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 1, 2016, by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in the United States.[27] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia on December 7, 2016, by Madman Entertainment under the alternate title Mr. Fuzzypants.[5]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "'Suicide Squad' Sets Sights on $160+ Million Opening". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nine Lives (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
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  6. ^ a b Hayden, Erik (2015-01-28). "Kevin Spacey to Star in Comedy 'Nine Lives' From 'Men in Black' Director". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  7. ^ a b c Justin Kroll (2015-04-09). "'Nine Lives': Jennifer Garner, Stephen Amell Cast in Kevin Spacey Film". Variety. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  8. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca (2015-04-13). "Mark Consuelos Joins Comedy 'Nine Lives' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  9. ^ a b Justin Kroll (2015-03-25). "Malina Weissman to Co-Star with Kevin Spacey in 'Nine Lives' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  10. ^ a b Anthony D'Alessandro (2015-03-31). "Christopher Walken Joins Movies 'Nine Lives' & 'Eddie The Eagle'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  11. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca (2015-04-27). "Comedy 'Nine Lives' Adds 'Hart of Dixie' Actress (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  12. ^ "Veteran Actor SERGE HOUDE Joins All-Star Cast for Barry Sonnenfeld Comedy "NINE LIVES"". kabookit. 2015-06-02. 
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (2015-01-12). "EuropaCorp Sets Barry Sonnenfeld For Cat-astrophic Comedy 'Nine Lives'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  14. ^ "On the Set for 5/4/15: Independence Day 2 Starts Shooting While Directors Jodie Foster and Martin Scorsese Wrap Their Films". Ssninsider.com. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "On the Set for 7/31/15: Chris Pratt Wraps 'Magnificent Seven', Dwayne Johnson Completes 'Central Intelligence', Chris Hemsworth Finishes 'The Huntsman'". SSN Insider. 31 July 2015. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  16. ^ Vlessing, Etan (2015-05-08). "Kevin Spacey's High-Concept Comedy 'Nine Lives' Gets Release Date". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  17. ^ "Nine Lives (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
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  19. ^ "'Suicide Squad' Will Rock August As 'Nine Lives' Cozies Up To Family Audience – Box Office Preview". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  20. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (7 August 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Opening Weekend Now At $135.1M – Early Sunday AM Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Nine Lives (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "Nine Lives reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  23. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (5 August 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Looking To Loot Year's Third Biggest Opening With $140M-$145M". Deadline. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "'Nine Lives' Review: Kevin Spacey Is Transformed Into A Cat In This Neutered Family Comedy From Hell". IndieWire. 
  25. ^ "'Nine Lives' a Cat-astrophe of a Comedy". The Reel Deal. 
  26. ^ Travers, Peter. "Nine Lives' Review: Kevin Spacey's Talking Cat Movie Is Pure Kitty Litter". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  27. ^ "Nine Lives Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 

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