Miss Minoes (Undercover Kitty)

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Clever cat tale has a bit of animal peril; for older kids.
  • PG
  • 2005
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Miss Minoes stresses the importance of honesty, loyalty, integrity, and doing the right thing, even at the risk of one's reputation, friendships, or employment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The reporter Tibbe is an honest man who insists on finding evidence before reporting damaging news. His neighbor, a young girl, acts courageously to help her friends. Miss Minoes is a loyal friend to her fellow cats.

Violence

There are several scenes involving cats in comic peril, with lots of indirect violence shown toward them, including one scene involving a shotgun fired at cats. Also, a young girl is slapped. In one scene, a man swings a bottle of wine at a cat, who is later shown with an injured paw. There are a few instances of cats narrowly dodging cars. In one scene, a woman is shown trying to eat a mouse, with the tail shown hanging out of her mouth. A woman, when woken, scratches a man across the face and a small amount of blood is drawn. In another scene, a food truck is overturned, with a man shown lying unconscious inside. A bag of kittens are shown being tossed in the trash, and are later rescued before being taken to the dump.

Sex

One scene where a man and woman rub noses and almost kiss romantically, but that's it.

Language

Talking cats make a few crass jokes; in one scene, a cat mentions he "shat on a mat."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are a few instances of cigar smoking and alcohol use. In a few brief scenes, a man is shown smoking a cigar. In another, two men have glasses of wine. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miss Minoes (Undercover Kitty) is a clever, stylized comedy for older kids that features several instances of comic-book like animal peril, and nonexplicit violence toward cats, including a shotgun fired at cats, a cat implied to be hit with a bottle of wine (and later shown with an injured paw), a bag of kittens tossed in a trash dump (but rescued). Also, a young girl is slapped across the face.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMixyplixl February 4, 2014

Charming and very entertaining, if a bit unpolished

We thoroughly enjoyed this movie -- what a hidden gem! The actress is so convincing as a cat, you forget that she is not. This film is a neat way to expose ki... Continue reading
Parent of a 6, 16, 18+, and 18+ year old Written byindianajoe August 4, 2013

Cute story that suffers from cliches and poor dubbing

Minoes is a fairly formulaic rendition of a popular Dutch book. Cat becomes girl due to interaction with toxic waste. Fine with me, it beats spiders anyday. Gir... Continue reading

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What's the story?

A struggling reporter, Tibbe (Theo Maassen) lands the scoop of a lifetime when a cat-turned-girl (Carice van Houten) trades leads for room and board, enlisting her cat pals as informants and tipping him off to the biggest scandal in town, but he risks his employment -- and reputation -- to report it.

Is it any good?

Miss Minoes (Undercover Kitty) is a well-done, clever, animal-friendly tale of good and evil told with wit, humor, and antics galore. Based on the Dutch film, which drew from the children's book of the same name, this stylish movie about feline-assisted sleuthing is overdubbed in (British) English, but hardly suffers in the process.

Kids may not be riveted by the tale of a town scandal or the ethics of newspaper reporters, but they will likely enjoy the cat- and neighbor-driven plots, as well as Miss Minoes' comical struggle to curb the cat inside her and act like a real lady, or at least pass as human. Parents will find the jazzy soundtrack and noirish, stylized romp enjoyable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters in the movie. Are newspapers and television reporters often shown as honest or good people? Who are your favorite characters and why?

  • How can the movie industry ensure that animals in movies are treated well?

  • If you made your own newspaper about things happening in your neighborhood, where would you look for stories?

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