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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Men and women look equally bad. Hispanic characters show up as maids or drug-dealers. TOMCATS is a parade of labored sex gags and trashy bathroom humor. One joke involves amputated testicles.
Violence & Scariness
A police shootout. A woman run over by a golf cart. Fist-fighting. The hero is chained up, literally, by a mousy librarian. A rock-climbing accident that parodies Mission Impossible 2. A gun battle in a drug house, played mainly for laughs (but wit
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Actual nudity is only glimpsed on a fuzzy TV monitor, but there are abundant scantily-clad women. Most of the sex is off-camera and mainly referenced in the dialogue. Male masturbation. Some sado-masochism.
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Plentiful profanity, mostly relating to sexual functions and clinical details.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that abundant sleaze, dislikeable characters, and bad-taste humor (that, even worse, isn't funny most of the time) make this movie a must-miss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Avoid this movie at all costs, as there's nothing here for any member of the family. You know you're in trouble with Tomcats when the opening-credits cartoon (remember, the lead character is supposed to be a comic-strip artist) quickly turns R-rated, with a pair of animated kitties pawing Jessica Rabbit-type caricatures of femininity. And that's the best part of the feature. Well, that and a cameo by Politically Incorrect funnyman Bill Maher as a sardonic gangster. You wish the script had followed that Top Dog instead.
But it doesn't. Tomcats is a parade of labored sex gags and trashy bathroom humor, as the rather unsympathetic Michael and the offended Natalie (who, other than looking pretty, isn't granted much personality) scheme against the despicable Kyle. In one subplot the filmmakers try to push the envelope of outrageousness with a joke sequence of Michael pursuing Kyle's slippery, amputated testicle (yes, testicle) through a hospital. This sicko bit doesn't advance the plot one inch; it's just there to gross you out, like a slob who insists in showing off his gaping mouthful of chewed food.
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