Tomcats

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
Tomcats Movie Poster Image
A parade of labored sex gags and bathroom humor.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

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

Sex

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.

Language

Plentiful profanity, mostly relating to sexual functions and clinical details.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drug use.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFerron008 April 9, 2008

Amazing,u cant stop laughing!!!!!

I luvd this movie,u just cnt stop laughing!!! xD
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoison Ivey June 29, 2009

gross and not funny

First of all, it's rated pg-13 not rated R. Secondly, if you think its so bad, why rate it with five stars? tomcats is disgusting i almost threw up. Dont... Continue reading

What's the story?

In TOMCATS, cartoonist Michael (Jerry O'Connell) and his friend Kyle (Jake Busey) are the only two bachelors left in an bet among seven young men who wagered money on which of them would be the last to get married. Michael is in debt and desperate to win, and it looks like that might happen when Kyle meets Natalie (Shannon Elizabeth) -- but then Michael begins to have feelings for her, too.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what sets some raunchy comedies apart from others.

Movie details

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate