2016 - Dir.:  Roger Spottiswoode - HD Digital presentation - UK.

“A Street Cat Named Bob,” a savvy exercise in inspirational feel-good cinema lightly seasoned with grit. Adapted from James Bowen’s autobiography (part of a Bob franchise), the movie, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, tells how a ginger cat enters the life of James (Luke Treadaway), a homeless London busker struggling with heroin addiction. Though James has a sobriety adviser (a firm Joanne Froggatt, as a persuasive living argument for public health care) who finds him housing, it is the cat, which James names Bob, who teaches him about responsibility and what it’s like to feel loved.

James (with Bob often on his shoulder) faces obstacles, including a negligent father (Anthony Head), street ruffians and methadone withdrawal… but fortunately he has a mildly daffy neighbor, Belle (Ruta Gedmintas), to cook him a vegetarian supper. A gently sparkling score, and folkish songs by Charlie Fink of the band Noah and the Whale, sung by the guileless, wide-eyed Mr. Treadaway, pluck the heartstrings. “Cat cam” sequences, showing Bob’s visual perspective, have a playful whimsy. Veteran director Roger Spottiswoode, best known for “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The 6th Day” also has experience with this kind of movie and he handles this story just right by not letting it get too sentimental or melodramatic. He shows us the gritty side of street life and addiction, as well as the warmth of the people who help Bowen out of his deep well of trouble. Of course if you don’t like cats this might not be for you….. but if you do like cats…. meeeioaw!!! Rrrr-rrr-rrrrrr!

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