Movie Of The Week: A Very Mellow Cat

Believe it or not, I had never seen the movie Beaches before, so I watched it last night. It was made in 1988, the same year I got married. So I’ve been busy! But I finally got around to it.

You probably know that it’s a story about two best friends, one named CC played by Bette Midler, whom I love. CC is a talented singer/actress always starved for attention, who hates her out-of-control curly red hair. So, other than the part about her having talent (which I could be developing any day now) she is very much like me. The friend Hillary, played by Barbara Hershey, is a pretty, wealthy, WASP with really awesome hair. The kind of girl you really want to hate but you can’t because she’s all nice and everything.

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I’m not going to issue a spoiler alert, because the movie is nearly 30 years old. But in case you’ve been busy like me…spoiler alert.

Hillary dies at the end, and yes it’s sad, but you see it coming for a long time. I was more worried about a little piece of foreshadowing: the cat. Hillary’s little girl has a cat, and they show it several times, including once when Hillary is holding it on her lap at the beach, and the cat’s not struggling at all, which is kind of weird. In my experience they only show a pet that much because it is going to have something to do with the plot. Usually nothing good.

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I started to get very concerned that something bad was going to happen to the cat; I mean, beyond just being dragged to the beach like it’s some kind of dog or something. Like maybe the cat was going to die along with Hillary. It was hard for me to focus on anything other than the fate of that cat. How much drama am I supposed to endure in one movie? I mean OK, a person is going to die, but what about the cat? Cruel. Pandering. Cruel.

I had a box of tissues at the ready, and yes, I cried when Hillary died but I was still preoccupied with the fate of the cat. Would kitty be OK? Yes. You will be relieved to know that as it turns out the cat is fine. Totally fine. It lived happily ever after in a big house filled with toys and cat food and warm, sunny windowsills. Oh, and CC and the kid are also fine. I’m sure they too lived happily ever after and all that crap because after all, someone needs to take care of the cat.

To recap, the movie Beaches is about a cat who absolutely, positively does not die, but somehow holds still to sit on someone’s lap on the beach. There are some people in it too. I give it two paws up.

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18 Responses to Movie Of The Week: A Very Mellow Cat

  1. Pam Waits says:

    I love your synopsis of Beaches being about a cat – haven’t heard that one before but I agree with you. I refuse to knowingly watch anything that involves bad things happening to an animal unless it’s a Ninja Turtle and then you expect it to get beat up a little bit.

  2. In a movie as long as the cat or dog dos not die I am all good!

  3. I’ve never even heard of Beaches! Since the cat survives I’ll put it on the to-watch list – I don’t think I could watch it if anything happened to the kitty 😛

    • Jill Foer Hirsch says:

      Believe me, you can rest assured that movies I suggest will not have any animals harmed or killed. On the other hand, it might take me 30 years to watch a movie and recommend it. I really do recommend Beaches though!

  4. Harold hillman says:

    I loved that movie if one can love a movie that causes one to get a stomach ache from suppressing a sob.

  5. Carol Ferenc says:

    Oh, I hear you, Jill. I’m always focused on the on-screen animal. And when there are battle scenes involved, I watch the credits until the very end assures me that “no animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture.” Only then can I get a good night’s sleep.

    • The worst part about the movie The Ten Commandments is when the Red Sea closes back up and takes all those horses down with it! Take Pharaoh, Take the chariots and soldiers but pleeeeeze leave the horses alone!

  6. Ann says:

    I’ve never seen this movie, either. Sounds like I need to, in spite of the spoiler!

    • Jill Foer Hirsch says:

      It’s really good! I saw it come on and set the TiVo to watch it later, and I really enjoyed it. Just rewatched the Breakfast Club too, just as good as the first 10 times I watched it!

  7. We are sisters! Ok, half sisters, but you need to know that my niece and nephew have red hair too. I will turn off a show if there is any possibility that an animal gets hurt. Took me forever to watch Seabiscuit because well…you know. I’m ok with killing people though. I’m good with morgue work too (think CSI stuff). Just not animals. I’m relieved. I can finally watch this movie!

    • Surely we were separated at birth. The worst are those commercials for the humane society. I get that animals are living in horrible conditions, but why not show the healthy, already adopted pets, relaxing in their new homes? Playing ball with little Billy? Why? But people, meh. Whatever. I’m ok with the starving kids commercials, CSI, etc. I mean sure, I wish there weren’t starving kids, but I’m not going to get all emo about it.

  8. Good to know. I’ve wondered about that cat since first seeing the movie in 1988. I hope the cat is still doing well… oh, and CC and the kid too.

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