The Cat is a character best utilized in small doses. But here we're stuck with him for an extended period of time. Mike Myers plays the Cat as if he's channeling Bert Lahr of Cowardly Lion fame. Myers is quite enamored with his own goofy brand of wit, as we've seen in Austin Powers and Wayne's World, but this faux wit doesn't work here. It lacks the faux dignity of Dr. Seuss' Cat and makes Myers' Cat a smarmy trickster who has a wisecrack for every situation. Surprisingly, though, almost all the wisecracks fall flat, but many film viewers won't notice the lack of laughter because the movie is so noisy that it's hard to hear yourself think, let alone determine whether the people next to you are laughing.
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