‘Nine Lives‘ Clip: Christopher Walken Is a Cat Whisperer in This Year’s Weirdest Movie
Tickled may very well be the craziest documentary we see this year, but Nine Lives is already gunning for the title of Most WTF Film of 2016 — it may even outdo Gods of Egypt in the bafflingly bonkers department. To wit: Here’s a new clip from the upcoming film, in which Kevin Spacey is stuck in the body of a cat and Christopher Walken is the only one who can communicate with him because he’s a cat whisperer. Yes, really.
“Yes, really” sounds like a thing we’re going to be saying a lot when it comes to Nine Lives, the ridiculous new film that is astonishingly not a satire of dumb talking animal movies — nope, this one is 100 percent for real. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld of Men in Black fame, Nine Lives is like Liar Liar meets Freaky Friday: Spacey is a billionaire and neglectful family man who seizes the opportunity to reconnect with his daughter when she wants a cat for her birthday. One magical pet store and a freak car accident later, and Spacey’s character finds himself trapped in the body of a cat named Mr. Fuzzypants. MR. FUZZYPANTS. Come on.
Here’s the official synopsis, in case that plot description above sounded too absurd to believe:
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).
Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants.
En route to his daughter’s party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected.
If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.
In addition to looking and sounding cripplingly silly, Nine Lives stars Jennifer Garner — an actress too talented for the kinds of roles she’s been landing in recent years. It’s almost as if she’s being karmically punished for something.
Nine Lives hits theaters on August 5. Yes, really.