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Looking For Kitty
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Nov 21, 2006 By: Jason Adams
Looking For Kitty order
Director:
Edward Burns

Actors:
Edward Burns
David Krumholtz
Chris Parnell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A private detective is hired by a high school baseball coach to find his missing wife, who ran away with a rock star six months before.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Its been a long time since Ive seen THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN, but I remember quite liking Edward Burns debut film. Between that and his next few efforts, his style of New York-centered, character driven movies became vaguely reminiscent of an Irish Catholic Woody Allen. If you buy that analogy, then LOOKING FOR KITTY is Burns channeling Allen during his late 90s slump.

Shot guerilla style ($200k) with a cheap digital camera, no crew and mostly improvised dialogue, LOOKING FOR KITTY is more of an experiment than a movie and that fact is all too apparent. The film lacks the wit of Burns previous work, as well as a steady focus aside from the very barebones plotwith characters plodding along from scene to scene without many cohesive connections. My main gripe though is that David Krumholtzs character (the guy looking for his wife) is more pathetic than sympathetic. Its not really a mystery why his wife left him and she obviously has no intention of going back with him, so their search to find her just seems pointless. Yes, its a sad story, but the character was just too oblivious to sympathize with. There are also two romantic subplots featuring Rachel Dratch and the redhead from Spin City that feel a bit forced and in the end dont amount to much either.

Im pretty sure Burns was trying to say something about marriage and relationships and passion in life, but the messages just seem tacked on with the ending. I did find the resolution oddly satisfying and there are a few laughs here and there (the always dependable Chris Parnell shows up for a glorious, foul mouthed minute), but as a whole LOOKING FOR KITTY just didnt work for me.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by writer/director/star Edward Burns: I like Ed Burns. I think he has talent as a filmmaker, despite this little misstep. And his love of making movies is quite obvious in this commentary, where he explains working outside of the Hollywood system and why he needed to make this film in particular. He also goes in to great detail about how to make movies on a nonexistent budget (i.e. in KITTY, all the actors worked for free as a favor), so for anybody interested in directing, this is worth watching the movie to hear.

Alternate Opening (11:14): Not much different here, just some more shots of Krumholtzs character traveling to New York.

Theres also a Trailer, some Previews and a Letter from Burns explaining story behind the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
LOOKING FOR KITTY is getting an unannounced release on DVD after more than two years on the shelf and its not really hard to see why. Mr. Burns, Im glad you got to experiment and get back to your minimalist roots, but I hope you spend a little more time planning out your next movie.

Extra Tidbit: Ed Burns is married to supermodel Christy Turlington. At their wedding, U2s Bono acted as father of the bride.
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