What it's about:
Tom Brand is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His company is nearing completion on the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom's workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his wife Lara and daughter Rebecca. Rebecca's 11th birthday is here, and she wants a cat. Tom hates cats but needs a gift. He finds a mystical pet store where the owner, Felix Perkins, presents him with a tomcat named Mr. Fuzzypants. En route to his daughter's party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he wakes he discovers he is trapped in the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience his life through a new perspective. In order to return to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation.
What we thought:
Let me start off with saying I am NOT a cat person so going into this movie was already a challenge, but a challenge I was willing to accept.
Also Kevin Spacey had a starring role so why not give it a chance right?
Nine Lives was unfortunately a typical movie you’d find in the bottom corner kiddies section at the video store, better yet the 14:00 movie on a kiddies channel.
Jennifer Garner takes her usual role of the perfect wife and mom of the year with a workaholic husband (Spacey), boring.
The storyline is good enough for any nine-year-old to enjoy but still has questionable motives.
There is the occasional tearful moment, but let’s be honest when will anyone ever not cry about a little girl just wishing to spend some time with her absent father.
And then the main question you find yourself asking while watching the film… What the hell is Kevin Spacey doing?! Understanding why Spacey took on this role is about as pointless as this film is in a whole. It just makes no sense.
That being said, the cast took their roles pretty serious and tried real hard to make it work but with a nonstory plotline it just falls absolutely flat.
If you need to keep your child busy for two hours then by all means take them to watch this but otherwise wait to use it as that Sunday afternoon nap distraction.
Beware it may just take nine lives to tolerate Nine Lives.