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Looking for Kitty

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A small-town baseball coach wakes up to discover that his beautiful wife Kitty has disappeared. When someone sends him a newspaper photo showing a rock star and his entourage, including a woman that could be Kitty, he hires a loner ex-cop to find her. Now, in the heart of New York City - the place where people go to lose themselves - the unlikely twosome discover that the only way to solve the case mught be to find themselves. Stars Edward Burns, David Krumholtz, Chris Parnell, Shari Albert, Max Baker, Connie Britton, and Rachel Dratch. Directed by Edward Burns.

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  • Commentary by director/star Edward Burns
  • Alternate opening
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Max Baker, Connie Britton, Edward Burns, Craig Carlisle, Rachel Dratch
  • Directors: Edward Burns
  • Writers: Edward Burns
  • Producers: Edward Burns, Aaron Lubin, Benjamin Cheah, Margot Bridger, Mark Kassen
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H0M4BG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Looking for Kitty" on IMDb

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By J. Bongiorno on February 1, 2007
Format: DVD
If the slice-of-life, small independent film makes a comeback, it will owe a lot to Ed Burns and his great pictures. Looking for Kitty had a brief theatrical run, but hopefully will find its audience on DVD. It's a fantastic gem that's injected with a more thoughtful, even melancholy beat, juxtaposed with sincere humor and a great eye for the camera. Burns also knows how to properly use music in film to capture the emotional heart of it. All of these are trademarks of Burns' films and this one is no exception.

Burns loves New York and that much is readily clear in Looking for Kitty, a reflection of two lost and lonely men that if not quite an "odd couple" are different and idiosyncratic enough to create a nice contrast set against the big city. Burns plays Jack Stanton, a small-time detective hired by Abe, a Peekskill softball coach whose wife has run out on him. Jack is a misanthrope who doesn't eat in restaurants and as we discover, is still profoundly affected by the death of his wife. Abe is slightly goofy, but kind-hearted, avoiding coffee and "international foods" of all kinds (except Italian.) The picture is rounded out by a supporting cast of characters that underscore themes of loneliness and isolation. Without every going too dark or depressing, Looking for Kitty is bittersweet and ultimately hopeful, and a film worth returning to time and again.

As with all of Burns' own pictures, the commentary track is great, insightful and lively, and demonstrates why his films are as good as they are -- he's interesting and he's full of interesting ideas. Can't say I agree with all of them, however.
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I liked this movie enough to then listen to the commentary section, and I am very glad I did. I think Burns did a great job narrating the commentary and made it something that every budding movie-maker, and those interested in movie-making, must hear. He talks about the details of putting together a very low budget film, shot digitally and without permits, not much lighting, utilizing friends, asking for favors, etc. I enjoyed this aspect of the movie more than the movie itself, which is still quite good.
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Ed Burns' LOOKING FOR KITTY, which was shot before his THE GROOMSEN, was actually released after, briefly, to the theatres this year. If you only have the money or inclination to check out one new Ed Burns film, I'd go for THE GROOMSMEN, which was a real audience pleaser (I saw it twice and both times the audience really responded) and deserved more attention than it received. KITTY is minor, but shouldn't be completely overlooked, either.

Burns may never make a masterpiece, but I find his films since NO LOOKING BACK honest explorations of working-class people in New York, who aren't always treated any more three-dimensionally in film than any other groups (I actually find his two most successful films, McMULLEN and SHE'S THE ONE, his weakest!). He attracts good casts and gets good performances out of them.

KITTYis a bit more of a "chamber piece" than the ensemble-based GROOMSMEN; shot on digital video, focusing largely on two guys, and running roughly 80 minutes, KITTY is a quiet character study, and not wholly succesful at that -- Burns as an actor, writer and director generally "underplays" -- there are many times in his two recent films that you feel he's on the verge of something really special, but never quite gets over the edge. But if you like New York cinema, Ed Burns, David Krumholz, or dramatic comedy charactery-type films, you certainly could give this a view, and won't regret it.
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A lovely, well-written, and understated film by Edward Burns. I hate to fall into the cliche of "there are two types of people in the world..." but (you knew it was coming) people either seem to love or hate Edward Burns films. Personally, I love everything he's written and directed. He has a keen ear for dialogue that is familiar and fresh at the same time. This particular film is centered on the question "What does it mean to lose someone?" Burns explores this question in a way that deftly skirts melancholy but without becoming trite. "Looking for Kitty" may be best enjoyed if you're already familiar with and enjoy Burns' film world and quirky, but realistic, characters (for newbies, I'd recommend "A Fitzgerald Family Christmas" or "She's the One" to start with and then come back to "Looking for Kitty"). Or, hey, jump in feet first and see if you get hooked.
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"Looking for Kitty" did not receive a wide release in theaters, but the movie arguably has more substance than, say, 80% of the material regular moviegoers are exposed to (in America anyway). The predictable, scattered grumbles of "Oh, it's a typical Ed Burns movie--yawn" could be countered with a freewill argument: avoid the theater, rental, or online store if you know--and don't like--the man's artistic fingerprint.

To this reviewer's way of thinking, Burns' unique gifts that many folks began to appreciate with his 1995 debut, "The Brothers McMullen," are still on display--and have naturally matured. Some of the music in "Looking for Kitty" reminded me of that debut, and the writer/director/actor's charm is still there. Plus, there is something nearly noble these days about a comedy that actually contains serious, reflective themes as well. With this movie, you may well chuckle, laugh out loud--and even be reminded of the pleasures, suffering, and mysteries of life. The characters are believable and recognizable--and the story is a bittersweet one.

For a fellow not quite 40, Mr. Burns has given us some highlights in the last decade or so--and "Looking for Kitty" may turn out to be one of the darkhorses.
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