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Miss Minoes Review

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Though conceived in whimsy, Minoes generally lacks imagination; once the premise is established, familiar plot conventions reign.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is probably ideal for those proverbial young girls who adore cats, and young boys, too. I can't recommend it for adults attending on their own, unless they really, really love cats.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice Melissa Anderson

    Conveying, with a light touch, important lessons for kids on the necessity of civic engagement, the perils of edit-ad conflicts, and the need to honor difference, Miss Minoes is also an ailurophile's dream, featuring a fantastic array of tabbies, calicos, and Birmans that always hit their marks.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    It's a Christmas present for cat lovers. Miss Minoes, the tweaked title of a 2001 Dutch film by Vincent Bal, is being given an American theatrical run (dubbed into English), and it's a pleasantly quirky, family-friendly fable with lots of meowing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Clever cat tale has a bit of animal peril; for older kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Miss Minoes (Undercover Kitty) is a clever, stylized comedy for older kids that features several instances of comic-book like animal peril, and nonexplicit violence toward cats, including a shotgun fired at cats, a cat implied to be hit with a bottle of wine (and later shown with an injured paw), a bag of kittens tossed in a trash dump (but rescued). Also, a young girl is slapped across the face.

  • Families can talk about the characters in the movie. Are newspapers and television reporters often shown as honest or good people? Who are your favorite characters and why?
  • How can the movie industry ensure that animals in movies are treated well?
  • If you made your own newspaper about things happening in your neighborhood, where would you look for stories?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Miss Minoes stresses the importance of honesty, loyalty, integrity, and doing the right thing, even at the risk of one's reputation, friendships, or employment.

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    Role models: The reporter Tibbe is an honest man who insists on finding evidence before reporting damaging news. His neighbor, a young girl, acts courageously to help her friends. Miss Minoes is a loyal friend to her fellow cats.

What to watch for
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    Violence: There are several scenes involving cats in comic peril, with lots of indirect violence shown toward them, including one scene involving a shotgun fired at cats. Also, a young girl is slapped. In one scene, a man swings a bottle of wine at a cat, who is later shown with an injured paw. There are a few instances of cats narrowly dodging cars. In one scene, a woman is shown trying to eat a mouse, with the tail shown hanging out of her mouth. A woman, when woken, scratches a man across the face and a small amount of blood is drawn. In another scene, a food truck is overturned, with a man shown lying unconscious inside. A bag of kittens are shown being tossed in the trash, and are later rescued before being taken to the dump.

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    Sex: One scene where a man and woman rub noses and almost kiss romantically, but that's it.

  • language false2

    Language: Talking cats make a few crass jokes; in one scene, a cat mentions he "shat on a mat."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There are a few instances of cigar smoking and alcohol use. In a few brief scenes, a man is shown smoking a cigar. In another, two men have glasses of wine.