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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene where a man and woman rub noses and almost kiss romantically, but that's it.
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Talking cats make a few crass jokes; in one scene, a cat mentions he "shat on a mat."
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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