A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Sometimes you have to stand your ground. "Denial is not a river in Egypt."
Positive Role Models
Indoor cat Marchello is inexperienced in the world and must learn how to take care of himself quickly when he sneaks out the window to meet the pretty cat across the street. He tries to help a homeless cat. Jiminy the squirrel is helpful and caring.
Violence & Scariness
A "catnapping" skateboarder is seeking stray cats and grabs Marchello off the street because he isn't wearing a collar. A cat shows Marchello how to stay safe outside and set boundaries for dogs. She slaps a barking dog to show him how it's done. The sad underlying story is that Pinky has been abandoned by her owner.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A male cat tells a female cat that he loves her.
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"Doofus," "fuzzball," "sissy pants," "squirt," and "birdbrain."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Amazing Adventure of Marchello the Cat, also known as Cats: The Movie, A Cat's Tale, and Marchello, is a 67-minute story about an indoor cat who ventures outside when his owner leaves town for a couple of days. For anyone over the age of 12, this will be a one-star movie, but small children may well find talking cats delightful. As it will probably only be attractive to the youngest children, parents should be aware that the young ones are in for mild peril. Characters get lost, are chased by crows and catnappers, and feel lonely. A cat has been abandoned by her owner. Name-calling includes "doofus," "fuzzball," "sissy pants," "squirt," and "birdbrain." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It would be difficult to imagine anyone but cat lovers and kindergartners finding this movie tolerable. Writer, director, and cameraperson Susan Emerson must have followed cats and squirrels around for months to accumulate enough footage to create what feels like a long cat video that has somehow been placed in the hands of a skilled professional film editor. Usually when a movie has four titles -- Cats: The Movie, Marchello, A Cat's Tale, and The Amazing Adventure of Marchello the Cat -- and two release dates – first in 2008 and again in 2017 -- prospects for high quality are not robust. This movie is no exception. While actors Garity, Sisto, and Rodriguez give it a go, the script is bad beyond description. At least the cats are cute.
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