GenreFamily Music directorHarry Manfredini WriterAndrew Helm LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 18, 2013 (2013-02-18) CastJohnny Whitaker (Phil), Kristine DeBell (Susan), Eric Roberts (Duffy (voice)), Justin Cone (Chris), Janis Peebles (Tina), Alison Sieke (Frannie) Similar moviesFirst Life, Life on Earth, Wonders of Life, The Martian, Genesis, Life
A special feline (Eric Roberts) with the gift of gab brings two families together.
A Talking Cat!?! is a 2013 independent childrens film that was directed by David DeCoteau. The film was released direct to DVD on February 18, 2013 and stars Eric Roberts as the voice of the talking cat.
A mysterious talking cat uses its powers of communication to enrich the lives of two different families, and bring them together.
The film follows two single parent families that are brought together by Duffy (Eric Roberts) a cat with the capability of speech. The wealthy Phil (Johnny Whitaker) recently sold his computer company in order to spend more time with his model son Chris (Justin Cone), who couldnt care less. Meanwhile Susan (Kristine DeBell) is struggling to make ends meet as a caterer with her two children Tina (Janis Peebles) and Trent (Daniel Dannas). Duffy then enters their lives, giving them advice, but with the limitation that he can only speak to them once.
Johnny Whitaker as Phil
Kristine DeBell as Susan
Justin Cone as Chris
Janis Peebles as Tina
Alison Sieke as Frannie
Daniel Dannas as Trent
Eric Roberts as Duffy (voice)
The film is one of several direct-to-video family films directed by David DeCoteau under the pseudonym Mary Crawford, including A Talking Pony!?!, An Easter Bunny Puppy and A Halloween Puppy. It was shot in three days in the same mansion as director DeCoteaus 1313 series. Eric Roberts dialogue was recorded in 15 minutes.
Critical reception has been predominantly negative, with Film.com criticizing the character of Duffy. The AV Club gave a mostly negative review for the film, but stated that "For lovers of utter, unredeemable trash, it is highly recommended." CraveOnline also gave a negative review, but also recommended it as a film for "Bad Movie Night".
In an interview, DeCoteau said of the film, â€œPeople have called me who I havenâ€™t seen since high school who said, â€˜David, after 100 movies youâ€™ve finally made a movie we like.â€™â€� He added, "I watched it again, because I hadnâ€™t seen it since we made it, and it is so ridiculous and hilarious and over-the-top."