P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

Released 2002


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This smart, vividly engaging character drama is based on gay author James Kirkwood's legendary cult novel about a failed actor/writer and his unlikely relationship with a gay burglar. Hollywood actor Steve Guttenberg's choice of James Kirkwood's P.S. Your Cat Is Dead as the material for his first directing and writing effort may seem odd at first, but the marriage is a happy one, and the resulting film is a sweet-and-sour comedy with plenty of charm.It's New Year's Eve and actor Jimmy Zoole (Guttenberg) is not having a good day: His one man "Hamlet" with hand puppets bombed, his unfinished novel has been stolen, his girlfriend has just left him and his much loved cat is in intensive care at the local vet. Nearing the emotional breaking point, he finds an outlet when he happens upon a burglar hiding in his apartment. When the burglar reveals himself, there's a scuffle and Jimmy ends up tying cutely hunky Eddie (Lombardo Boyar) to the kitchen counter. We learn that Eddie is gay, but was married and has a kid he isn't allowed to see. What ensues is a New Year's celebration unlike any other we've seen. Yes, there is wine... yes the ball drops... yes, there are funny hats... but neither one of these guys is too happy.The screenplay has been adapted from a successful play and a (long out-of-print) novel by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Chorus Line." These actors bring us inside the skin of these two very interesting characters. Director/actor Guttenberg is alternately intense, dejected, confused and emotional and his brilliant costar Boyar (who has an amazing butt) shines in this excellent chamber piece. For his first effort, Steve Guttenberg has produced a marvelously warm and intelligent film.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 40

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Mr. Guttenberg's direction of "Cat," is competent and unadorned, bringing out whatever qualities the text possesses -- mainly good-naturedness.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Despite strong portrayals by Guttenberg and his co-star, Lombardo Boyar, and sequences that attempt to open the play up, it remains too much a filmed play, and worse, one that has ...

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Lacking the knockout lead perfs or more whimsical tone that might have transcended script's dubious logic, pic comes off as a so-so theatrical stunt delivered via the wrong medium.

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