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Miss Minoes (Undercover Kitty)

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Clever cat tale has a bit of animal peril; for older kids.
  • Review Date: February 18, 2013
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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. 

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.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 1, 2005
Cast:Carice Van Houten, Pierre Bokma, Sarah Bannier, Theo Maassen
Director:Vincent Bal
Studio:Allumination
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Cats, dogs, and mice
Run time:83 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:brief language, smoking and rude behavior

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Parent 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 kids to foreign films, as you get a quaint picture of life in a small Dutch town. You should know that it is a diamond in the rough, as the dubbing isn't entirely successful and the newspaper headlines aren't translated. However, we all still found it to be lots of fun.
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. Girl acts like cat, hangs out on rooftops and gets chased up trees. She is also mysteriously and conveniently furnished with clothing and a suitcase. Girl and shy cub reporter uncover conspiracy against felines and humans in the guise of greedy, polluting capitalist and do their civic duty. Charlotte's Web it is not. The violence, implied and actual, is not much but it occupies critical points in the plot and therefore is portrayed more dramatically than you might otherwise expect. What I found even more objectionable but which the kids will probably not mind is the dubbing. It appears to be done by third-rate British voice actors trying hard not to sound *too* British. Productions like this are why some people prefer subtitles. Most problematic, though, in my book, is the anachronistic pitchfork-and-torch mob treatment of the cartoonish villain in the end. You may want to talk to your kids about lynch mobs, civil society, due process, and the rule of law after they watch this film.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written bystephenb927 May 6, 2013

Not for my child - language

There is a bit of coarse language in the english dubbed version of this movie, which doesn't add anything to the story. It's a shame too. It seems like such a cute movie concept. The only other thing I would have to say about it, would be it seemed to start to glorify gossip. I'm not sure if it reconciles that in the end. I only made it through 25 minutes.

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