Let me start by saying this: I did not like the Cats movie. I’ve always love the musical, and was extremely disappointed in the film.
But, as I thought about my experience, I couldn’t ignore the reasons to take your kids to see Cats. Yes, parents. You should take them.
In my friend Tania’s review, she figures out if Cats is kid friendly, and says it’s pretty tame for a movie. It’s PG rating is accurate, so we can’t even use that excuse to keep our kids away.
To take it to the next level, I’m sharing 7 reasons to take your kids to see CATs this weekend.
You’ve seen worse than Cats
Listen to me. If you’re a parent, you know for a fact you’ve spent your hard earned money taking your kids to see TRASH movies. Admit it.
Yellow minions that scream “banana!”, talking pets, yeti in peril, and other disappointing things have been seen by your kids. What’s another odd movie added to your list?
If you’ve let your kids watch Yo Gabba Gabba, The Amazing World of Gumball, or (aging myself) Teletubbies, then you have no excuse to not take them to see Cats.
Kids like weird things
Speaking of odd shows and movies, kids just love weird things. Why do you think slime got so popular? It’s because IF IT’S WEIRD, KIDS WANT TO EXPERIENCE IT.
Cats is straight up weird, yo. I mean, 100% of the movie is just…hard to explain. Kids love stuff like that. Remember Garbage Pail Kids when we were little? You have no right to judge your weird kid.
You have nothing better to do
Stop pretending you do. You’ve already read my The Rise of Skywalker parent review, took your kids to see it, and the whole family saw Spies in Disguise Christmas night. What’s left to see? That’s right — Cats.
Your kids will be tired of playing with their presents in t-minus 4 hours, and you’re getting stir crazy in the house. Might as well go a little crazy in the theater with some CGI cats.
These are the songs to sing at home
The songs! OK, this might be the only thing I loved about the film. I’m biased because Cats has been one of my favorite musicals, and I love the songs. But, these are the songs your kids need to be singing around the house.
It’s much better than hearing them singing Old Town Road for the 500,000th time. Let them sing about jellicles and Mr. Mistoffelees (my favorite song). Trust me.
The Cats are Barbie and Ken Covered in Fur
Have you ever wondered what Barbie and Ken would look like as cats? Of course you haven’t, but your kids have. This 110 minute long movie is an homage to the delightful things our kids love to imagine.
The lack of anatomically correct figures in Cats is actually perfect for kids. The one thing that caused me to tilt my head to the side was Rebel Wilson spreading her legs open. But, there was nothing to see down there, so I guess it was fine. I guess.
Side note: Idris Elba’s muscular body as a cat was just so sad. So, so sad. Why would they do that to him, and to my eyes?
There’s magical cats in it
Magic!!! There’s magic in this movie! Kids love magic, right? Right. Macavity the Mystery Cat (played by Idris Elba) sprinkles magic throughout the film. The magical Mr. Mistoffelees finishes up the show with his
fantastic somewhat entertaining talents.
Taylor Swift does a bit of her own magic in the 7 minutes we actually see her in the film.
If your kids are excited about Cats because Taylor Swift is in it, tell them to stop.
You don’t get to see her until 1 hour and 20 minutes into the film, and she’s only in it for 5 blinks of your eyes. Sorry, Swifties. You’ve been swindled.
Cats was obviously made for kids
PG rating. Magic. Weird breakdancing cats. Storyline that doesn’t make sense. Horrible transitions to the next scene and musical number. I mean, if this movie wasn’t made for kids, then why was it made? No, seriously. Why was it made? Please leave your dissertations below.
Take Your Kids To See Cats. You Know You Want To.
In conclusion, if you have been coming up with excuses about avoiding Cats, I just gave you all the valid reasons you need to take your kids to see it.
Pick a matinee, take your children, and prepare to either be completely confused or delighted.
Godspeed, Rum Tum Tugger.