The Cat's Meow (2001)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance


The Cat's Meow (2001) Poster

Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.


6.3/10
7,408

Videos


Photos

  • Kirsten Dunst in The Cat's Meow (2001)
  • Kirsten Dunst and Peter Bogdanovich in The Cat's Meow (2001)
  • Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley in The Cat's Meow (2001)
  • Kirsten Dunst and Edward Herrmann in The Cat's Meow (2001)
  • Kirsten Dunst and Eddie Izzard in The Cat's Meow (2001)
  • Jennifer Tilly in The Cat's Meow (2001)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


5 June 2003 | FilmOtaku
7
| An interesting semi-fictional tale of Hollywood folklore
The Cat's Meow is a semi-true story of a murder that occurred on William Randolph Hearst's yacht one evening in 1924. While much of the screenplay is presumably speculation, it is interesting to see the effects the murder on some of his other guests, like Marion Davies, Hearst's mistress, Charlie Chaplin and Luella Parsons, among others.

This film couldn't fail for me – its subject matter involves William Randolph Hearst, a foe of my main obsession Orson Welles, and it contained one of my favorite entertainers in the cast, Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin. However, while watching the film I had to consider whether the movie was a well-written drama or simply too slow in its development, making the climax more of a let-down than anything. If the film wasn't book-ended by compelling writing that made you both look deeply into the subject matter from the beginning, then reflect on the past events at the conclusion, I would have said the latter was true. And while Eddie Izzard was fantastic as Chaplin, and Kirsten Dunst wasn't her usual irritating self as Davies, it was Joanna Lumley who I thought was the breakout star of the film. Her role was small, but integral to the progression of the film – acting as narrator, analyst and the film's conscience.

While not a fast paced, action filled film, The Cat's Meow is pleasant to experience based on its dramatic merits. Bogdanovich is more of an actor as of late than a director, but this film's character-driven dramatic elements harkens back to his best known classic, The Last Picture Show. If you are a fan of film history as I am, you will find this film interesting and thought-provoking.

--Shelly

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



This Week on TV: 'Misery' Loves Comedy

From an anthology romance series with massive movie stars and the return of "Castle Rock" to the end of a comedy era, here's everything we're watching.

Watch our video

Featured on IMDb

Check out the action from New York Comic Con check out what IMDb editors are watching this month, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com