• Dad becomes cat in magical family movie ‘Nine Lives’

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    Kevin Spacey stars as the cat, Mr. Fuzzypants with Jennifer Garner in ‘Nine Lives’

    Kevin Spacey stars as the cat, Mr. Fuzzypants with Jennifer Garner in ‘Nine Lives’

    From the director of the worldwide blockbuster action comedy film Men In Black, filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld brings together a cast of actors in his latest family movie Nine Lives led by Kevin Spacey with Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Malina Weissman, Christopher Walken and Cheryl Hines.

    In Nine Lives, an immensely successful businessman who has built an empire at the expense of any sort of true human connection, Tom Brand (Spacey) is surrounded by good people who love him in spite of his skyscraper-sized flaws. But it isn’t until he finds himself with four paws and a tail that Tom realizes how lucky he’s been.

    Nine Lives also delivers the thrill of seeing Kevin Spacey inhabiting the body of an adorable cat named Mr. Fuzzypants.

    “For me, this is a great opportunity because I love doing comedy,” explains the two-time Oscar winner. “People often think of me in a darker, more evil kind of part. But it’s a great joy for me to be able to come to work everyday and do something that’s really funny, really fast and very clever.”

    Sonnenfeld, whose long list of hits also includes The Addams Family, Get Shortyand Wild Wild West, says the film falls squarely in his wheelhouse. “It’s what I do as a filmmaker: It’s fantasy and it’s funny but it’s also real,” explains the director. “It’s a very funny movie in a fantastic situation that somehow is totally grounded in reality.”

    According to co-writer Ben Shiffren, the goal of the script was to tell a story with humor and heart about a man who has alienated his family by spending all his time at the office and is forced, through a magical intervention, to reassess his priorities. “We wanted the tone be a bit more mature than just a typical ‘cat hijinks’ movie, so parents are able to appreciate it as well as kids,” he adds.

    Nine Lives opens today in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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