MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: +1/2

n this action film, Patience Philips (Halle Berry) is a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a world-renowned cosmetics company. Company president, George Hedare (Lambert Wilson), prepares to unveil a fountain-of-youth product, called Beau-leen, which his top model and wife Laurel Hedare (Sharon Stone) helped develop. Patience comes upon information that the new anti-aging product is not all that it appears to be, and those with much to lose determine to eliminate her. Through a strange event, Patience is bestowed with cat powers. As she becomes acquainted with her newfound abilities as Catwoman, she seeks to expose the Hedares secret. Officer Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt) thinks that Patience is the cats meow and is drawn into this catfight as he seeks to find the truth and administer justice. The suspense builds as the film raises this question: Will Catwoman land on her feet?

Patiences co-worker Sally (Alex Borstein) is a lustful lady on a mission to find a man for herself and for Patience. Pushing Patience into a relationship with Officer Lone, she encourages Patience to give him some brown sugar. Once Patience becomes Catwoman, she is much more uninhibited and dons a tight leather outfit that reveals her belly and cleavage. After her transformation, Patience struggles to be good with her catlike cravings. Eying a beautiful, Egyptian necklace at a jewelry store, she impulsively steals it and later steals a motorcycle and a car. These unfortunate events disqualify her for superhero of the year, but down deep she desires justice. Someone rightfully asks Catwoman, What are you? Hero, thief or freak! The film lacks a consistent, moral message, and it has the mentioned questionable elements, an implied sexual encounter and much stylized violence with minimal blood, but these things are not quite strong enough to merit an unacceptable rating by Preview. Parents should read Previews summary before making a decision on this one.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
Warner Brothers

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Once moderate (butt 1)

Obscene Language: Once moderate (screw it up 1)

Profanity: Few (3) times moderate (OMG 1, G-sake 2)

Violence: Many times mild (shoving and struggling, slapping, chasing, clawing); moderate (choreographed martial-arts fighting, kicking down of a door, stabbing with a piece of glass, shooting of guns, strangulation with a whip, fighting with pipes, kick to the groin, woman drowns); strong (several people are found dead with minimal blood shed, a woman falls to her death)

Sex: Few times mild (implied unfaithfulness by a husband with a younger woman, implied sexual encounter between man and woman)

Nudity: Several times mild (Catwoman wears very tight leather clothing revealing cleavage, man removes his shirt)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (a woman tells another woman to give a man some brown sugar, woman makes comments about her interest in various men)

Drugs: Once time mild (alcohol use at a social gathering)

Other: Egyptian mythology is a major theme in this film as it relates to their worship of cats; spirit transfer occurs between a cat and a person giving the person catlike agility, perception, cravings and eyesight

Running Time: 87 minutes
Intended Audience: teens and adults.

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