What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cats is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical of the same name (which, in turn, was based on T.S. Eliot's poetry). Using "digital fur" technology, the film turns its star-studded cast into singing, dancing felines. The story takes place all in one night as a tribe of cats called the Jellicles gather together for a ball and celebration. There's feisty Bombalurina (Taylor Swift), upper-class "fat cat" Bustopher Jones (James Corden), old Gus the Theatre Cat (Ian McKellen), lazy but agile Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson), flashy Rum Tum Tugger (Jason Derulo), small white kitten Victoria (Francesca Hayward), the criminal Macavity (Idris Elba), and formerly glamorous outsider Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson). All are vying to be selected by their matriarch, Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench), to rise up to the Heaviside Layer (aka heaven for cats). Although there's no "human" nudity, some of the cats wear clothes and others don't, leading some to criticize the curvy, naked cats as being too "sexy." It also looks safe to expect some innuendo, fighting, and intense scenes -- and lots and lots of singing. But it should be fine for tween and teen musical fans, especially if they're fond of cats or the cast.