A Talking Cat!?!

2.11 h 25 min20137+
The heartwarming story of Duffy (Eric Roberts), an adorable talking cat that brings two families together. Sometimes it takes a little help from a special cat to get people back on course. In this case, Duffy sets about to help two families enjoy each others' gifts.
David DeCoteau
Eric RobertsJohnny WhitakerKristine DeBell
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Justin ConeJanis ValdezAlison SiekeDaniel Dannas
David DeCoteauMarco ColomboKathy LoganGregg Martin
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3.8 out of 5 stars

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Chris Y.Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best movie ever
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A talking cat?! What a wild, unexplored topic! Eric Roberts is at his bravest on account of his liquid courage carrying him through a script with enough padding to be bullet-proof. Squeaky is such a well trained cat, the robot Bruce at the Jaws ride in Universal Studios Orlando is the only better trained animal actor. Johnny Whitaker is a powerhouse, perfectly portraying the schlubby divorced grandpa desperately grasping at straws trying to convince his son that liking girls is the way to get ahead in life. Kristen Bell brings out her greatest character Kristen D. Bell, a cheese puff obsessed escaped mental patient and mother of two who sure is there. When Johnny Whitaker's gay son has trouble convincing the surprisingly horny teenage girl that he really does like girls, a cat wanders into the movie while the voice of God, drunk off the tap water wine Jesus set out for a party, informs us that to be white and rich is really the plight of the downtrodden. Meanwhile Kristen DeBell, playing a mother of two making nondescript business meetings involving cheese puffs baked with copious amounts of methamphetamines has trouble because her kids are sooooooo dull the only thing left to do is be hit on by the guy Green Day kicked out of the band for gaining too much weight, and obsess about everyone's favorite anything, and there's a cat! Trouble strikes when a burst of sound effects leaves poor Squeaky wrapped in toilet paper, Whitaker and his son get into relationships with the Debell's in a situation that will surely make for a delightfully awkward Thanksgiving movie inspired by the events of Wrong Turn. A slog to surely make families appreciate the quiet subtleties of watching paint dry while your drunk uncle explains the covert ways Obamacare is linked to Five-G and that's why he has a club foot.
Robert I. HedgesReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Eric Roberts As A Cat Who's Equal Parts Life Coach And Matchmaker
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"A Talking Cat!?!" is an astonishing movie from David DeCoteau that's both more mainstream than much of his work, but still is cheaply filmed largely in a huge mansion (if you've seen some of his other films, you'll know exactly what I mean). Here he gets some bigger names to participate, with the biggest being Eric Roberts as the voice of Duffy the cat. Duffy (who speaks with a hilarious animation effect) spends his time dispensing wisdom to a father (Phil; Johnny "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" Whitaker) and his very unlikeable son in a giant mansion. Side note: the sound quality of the Eric Roberts voiceover parts is distractingly terrible.

I won't go into the plot because it largely doesn't matter, but I will say there's lots of Z-grade drama and a conclusion involving a magical cat collar that leads everyone to Zenlike interpersonal understanding and joyousness at the end. In other words, it is highly ridiculous, but I'm sure B-movie fans will be totally unsurprised.

In truth, I had no idea how to rate this film: I settled on three stars, not because it's a passably good movie (it isn't), but because it entirely depends on your frame of reference approaching it. If you want a hilariously bad movie, it most definitely is that, but if you wanted a decent family movie tangentially involving a cat, it is not that. I found it intermittently painful to get through, but hearing Eric Roberts play a cat was golden.
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Kevin AReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Cat that Talked to my Soul
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Have you ever seen a movie so terrible it's amazing? Sort of like two negatives make a positive but in cinematic form? That's this movie. The cat is just being lead by treats and a laser pointer that are visable in many shots, I'm pretty sure one of the leading roles is a former porn star, the audio for the cat sounds like it was shot in a bathroom by a homeless man they paid in beer. The plot is developed so poorly that for half the movie I thought two characters were the same person, the script is bad, the acting worse, there's terrible inconsistencies in the geographical location (one minute they're at a dessert mansion, then there's the same shot of a tropical beach they use repeatedly, then they're in the woods). When the cat talks it looks like the animation was done on Microsoft paint and to top it all off they could clearly only afford to make one song so the same bad song is used repeatedly throughout the movie just at different volumes and starting at different points. This movie changed my life. The perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a coworker you don't really know (or you don't like.... or you really like). Your kid been bad this year but you still have to get them something for their birthday? Get them this. Why? Because it proves that anyone can make a movie. 'A Talking Cat!?!' speaks to my soul.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cinematic Perfection
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David DeCoteau's best work, "A Talking Cat!?!," is a cinematic masterpiece. DeCoteau brilliantly ties together the seriousness and gravity of a Christ allegory with the whimsy of an animal who can speak. Whitaker and Cone act as perfect foils for each other; Cone's awkward and insecure nature is contrasted against Whitaker's confident, if misguided, charisma. Valdez and Dannas perfectly play the part of two twins, both adrift, searching for meaning in the meaninglessness of modern life. Kristine DeBell's mother acts as an antagonist for both the twins and the audience, being counter to joy and love. Roberts brilliantly voices the titular cat, Duffy, this movie's version of Jesus Christ. Adorned in his collar of thorns, he brings those around him closer together before dying and being resurrected. At the finale of the film, Cat Christ ascends to heaven while the families continue to spread his word here on Earth. "A Talking Cat!?!" is a beautiful film about family, love, and God. 10/10, would recommend.
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Abby FlinnReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dumbest movie I've ever seen
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Absolutely the worst movie I've ever seen. Holes in the logic of the talking cat, the cgi/editing to move his mouth, the actors were terrible. But it was a $2 laugh, and I'll remember it for a long time. 3/5 :)
Fred M.Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Honestly, if the cat never showed up in the first place nothing really bad would have happened. I'm still not sure how or why the cat was drawn to our protagonists in the first place, but by golly gee wilikers me-oh-my am I glad he was. Daytime Emmy award worthy performance given by Golden Globe nominated Eric Roberts, provided through a phone call none the less. Twists and turns abound, I stake my reputation on the quality of this film.
BrianReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
This thing is hideous. What was I thinking?
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The title of my review is also the opening line. Pretty spot on. A Talking Cat?1 is a pretty good bad movie. It hits all the major marks on the bad movie checklist.

Terrible acting - check.
Gratuitous use of the same stock footage over and over again - check.
Tenuous at best plot structure - check.
Superfluous dialogue and scenes that have no impact on the story - check.

Johnny Whitaker looks like a poor man's Rodney Dangerfield. You can see cat treats and laser pointers in at least half of the scenes with the cat. And apparently this takes places on a tropical island with deciduous forest. Anyway if you are looking for a movie to point and laugh at with friends while have a few dozen adult beverages, you could do worse than A Talking Cat. I mean it's no The Room or Neil Breen film but it'll do. The final dramatic scene with the cat was worth the wait alone, at least for me.
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ChemReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Wow, I literally bought TWO copies. Just in case I loose this purrfection.




Update - I had a break in and it seems both copies have been stolen. Just the movies, not my laptop, gold, guns etc. The suspect is still at large (whom I believe is Garfield. He was acting extremely jealous when he found my copies.) I've picked up 3 more copies and have stashed one in my safety deposit box at my local bank. We have dark times coming if a man cannot keep his talking cat movie safe.
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