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Awfully Good: Catwoman

07.04.2012

In preparation for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Awfully Good will be featuring a different Batman-related movie each week until the film's release. Perhaps a little Schumacher will help you appreciate Christopher Nolan that much more.
- Week #1: BATMAN: THE MOVIE

Catwoman (2004)

Director: Pitof
Stars: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt

An Oscar-winner ruins her once-promising career by choosing the worst possible film in the history of…oh wait.

Pitof. F*cking Pitof. There are countless things wrong with CATWOMAN on a molecular level, but I’m tempted to put the blame solely on the director because his name sounds like it’s French for “Punch me, I’m douchey.” It’s also abundantly clear that only a “filmmaker” that comes from the visual effects department could be responsible for pseudo-artistic garbage like this instead of, I don’t know, a movie that people would actually want to watch other than at gunpoint.


Noooo! Skrillex is horrible no matter what version you listen to!

The writers clearly don’t understand the difference between Catwoman and a woman turning in to an actual cat. I doubt any of them have even seen BATMAN RETURNS, let alone read a comic book featuring the character. Like a feline companion to Cronenberg’s THE FLY, half of CATWOMAN is just Halle Berry acting like a giant cat, not in a way that serves the script or moves the character’s story forward, but just for cheap laughs. “Look, Harold, that cloudy girl from X-MEN is hissing at dogs and playing with catnip! LOL!” On second thought, maybe it’s a good thing the film wastes times with this since the actual plot involves the title character trying to stop an evil makeup company that’s creating face (melting) cream. I’m not dumbing it down. It’s already done that for itself.


“Hey! Actor unemployed, rest of your life!”

So if CATWOMAN bears no resemblance to her comic counterpart (except for sort of being a thief for 30 seconds), what is she? An Egyptian goddess…cat…thingy! Just like with Tim Burton’s version, Patience Phillips is killed by her employer for finding out too much. However, unlike Pfeiffer’s psychological transformation, a magical ancient cat breathes on Halle Berry and she wakes up with super powers. And not just the feline ones you’d expect like night vision, super agility and the ability to land on her feet, but completely random talents like knowing eight forms of kung fu, having Harlem Globetrotter-like basketball skills and making any motorcycle capable of achieving supersonic speed. (Her costume is also incredible, but only because it manages to make Halle Berry wearing minimal torn clothing look stupid and not sexy.) Soon she meets the world’s weirdest cat lady and discovers her true feline heritage. She also Googles “cats” and “women.”


Halle would later regret living her life according to Dennis Rodman’s autobiography.

As much as I like (to look at) Halle Berry, she’s equally at fault here. In case you don’t remember, this wasn’t that long after the actress won an Academy Award for MONSTER’S BALL. (Coincidentally, this movie sucks monstrous amounts of balls.) If she was trying to branch out as an action star like the Nicolas Cage post-Oscar triple punch of THE ROCK, FACE OFF and CON AIR, she failed. The script obviously does her no favors, but Berry delivers a shockingly bad performance as Patience Phillips, making bad dialogue sound even worse. (Though I do give her credit for showing up to the Razzies to accept her award for Worst Actress.) Same goes for Sharon Stone as the barely-there villain, Benjamin Bratt as the love interest (their romance consists of street ball and Ferris wheels), and comedic “relief” by Lois Griffin aka Alex Borstein as one of Berry’s two annoying coworkers. Everyone should be embarrassed.


“I’ll spread my legs if you promise to like me again!”

I’d heard the CGI in CATWOMAN was bad, but holy hell! To call it video game cut scenes does a disservice to the hard work that goes in to video games. You know those brief moments in movies like THE MATRIX RELOADED and DAREDEVIL where the computer animated stuntman was glaringly obvious? There are entire extended sequences like that here in brightly lit scenes, as if nobody involved with this film had any shame at all. (It also doesn’t help that it’s painfully obvious Halle Berry’s stunt double was a dude.) They even use CGI for things that are completely unnecessary, like a simple meowing cat. I can just picture the poor animator telling Pitof, “But sir, it’d be easier and cheaper to just shoot a real—“ “F*ck it, I’m Pitof. Make that seagull out of pixels!”


Extra Tidbit: Halle Berry’s CGI stuntwoman was played by Steve Urkel.

However, there’s one thing that really makes me mad about this movie. Weird Cat Lady is telling Berry how she comes from a long line of ancient Egyptian Catwomen and then Pitof has the audacity to include a blatant photo of Michelle Pfeiffer in an attempt to shoehorn their terrible mythology on to that character. That’s how bad CATWOMAN is: it actively works to take other better movies down with it.


This still photo of Michelle Pfeiffer gives the best performance in the entire movie.

There are plenty of eye-rolling cat puns here, but the real standout is the guy who calls Benjamin Bratt “Man Sandwich.” Someone got paid to write that.

1) A good look at Catwoman’s horrible costume, some of the terrible CGI fights, and the worst basketball scene since TEEN WOLF.

2) Halle Berry acts just like a cat, LOL! (Bonus: Magical cat breath!)

Halle Berry shows a lot of skin but comes off more silly than sexy.


Be thankful for Anne Hathaway! Buy this movie here!

Take a shot or drink every time:
  • There’s a cat-related pun or wordplay
  • Halle Berry exhibits catlike behavior
  • The camera zooms in to a building
  • The color scheme randomly changes
  • Music is played that is worse than Enya
Double shot if:
  • You are subjected to the greatest handwriting analyst of all time

Next week…the naughtier side of The Dark Knight!

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6:41PM on 11/08/2012
this movie was ratchet! but the drinking game makes it so much more bearable! Ye Buddy!
"I'll spread my legs if you promise to like me again."
this movie was ratchet! but the drinking game makes it so much more bearable! Ye Buddy!
"I'll spread my legs if you promise to like me again."
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9:51PM on 07/04/2012
"This still photo of Michelle Pfeiffer gives the best performance in the entire movie."

LOL! Brilliant.
"This still photo of Michelle Pfeiffer gives the best performance in the entire movie."

LOL! Brilliant.
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6:38PM on 07/04/2012
One of the few movies to give me an actual headache watching it. The editing in the film is absolutely horrible. Watch the scene with Berry and Bratt at the end of the "Best Lines" collection or the fight with Stone. WAY too many cuts. I remember there's another scene in a night club where there were strobe lights going off and it cut like 10 times in 3 seconds. I had to look away and shake my head cause I thought I was about to have a seizure.
One of the few movies to give me an actual headache watching it. The editing in the film is absolutely horrible. Watch the scene with Berry and Bratt at the end of the "Best Lines" collection or the fight with Stone. WAY too many cuts. I remember there's another scene in a night club where there were strobe lights going off and it cut like 10 times in 3 seconds. I had to look away and shake my head cause I thought I was about to have a seizure.
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1:11PM on 07/04/2012
Maybe we should really blame all those parents who complained about the darkness of Batman Returns. They ruined that Batman franchise, then we never got the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman spinoff because of it, and it all led to this. My favorite parts - "a still photo of Michelle Pfeiffer gave the best performance." "Man Sandwich." - They couldn't even get that right, one person cannot be a sandwich, since a sandwich has more than one part.
Maybe we should really blame all those parents who complained about the darkness of Batman Returns. They ruined that Batman franchise, then we never got the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman spinoff because of it, and it all led to this. My favorite parts - "a still photo of Michelle Pfeiffer gave the best performance." "Man Sandwich." - They couldn't even get that right, one person cannot be a sandwich, since a sandwich has more than one part.
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12:22PM on 07/04/2012
Who was Sharon Stone playing in this movie, Stroke-Woman?
Who was Sharon Stone playing in this movie, Stroke-Woman?
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11:51AM on 07/04/2012
I once rented the DVD of this movie and after watching it I want to break the disc into many pieces. But fear of being sued, I returned the DVD in perfect condition, hehe. Boy, is this movie BAD! If you watch this when you're drunk, you're probably going to have better movie-watching experience that I did. This is Awfully Awful!
I once rented the DVD of this movie and after watching it I want to break the disc into many pieces. But fear of being sued, I returned the DVD in perfect condition, hehe. Boy, is this movie BAD! If you watch this when you're drunk, you're probably going to have better movie-watching experience that I did. This is Awfully Awful!
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9:38AM on 07/04/2012
Funny. I've managed to avoid this film and this article justifies those actions.
Hopefully this Director has been put to death, as anyone who can get Halle Berry in a leather bra for a movie and then make it unwatchable must be in need of Euthanising.
Funny. I've managed to avoid this film and this article justifies those actions.
Hopefully this Director has been put to death, as anyone who can get Halle Berry in a leather bra for a movie and then make it unwatchable must be in need of Euthanising.
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9:15AM on 07/04/2012
That was a nice piece, and was quite funny. There are many horrible movies that prove that visual effects artists should not direct movies (I hope Robert Stromberg's Maleficent breaks that trend), and the very sad part was that the character has so much potential for a really awesome solo movie. Throwing out Selina Kyle and replacing her with this "Patience Phillips" was the first of many many bad moves. We could have seen Selina's youth growing up with an alcoholic father, her escape from a
That was a nice piece, and was quite funny. There are many horrible movies that prove that visual effects artists should not direct movies (I hope Robert Stromberg's Maleficent breaks that trend), and the very sad part was that the character has so much potential for a really awesome solo movie. Throwing out Selina Kyle and replacing her with this "Patience Phillips" was the first of many many bad moves. We could have seen Selina's youth growing up with an alcoholic father, her escape from a correctional facility for delinquent girls, her getting taken in by the Armless Master of a dojo, maybe her days being a stripper or something...but no. Coincidentally, some writers did think Spider-Man was a man who turned into a spider monster, and actually pitched a film with that plot, which horrified Stan Lee. I have to admit that hating on this movie is pretty fun though, because there's just so much to hate.
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9:11AM on 07/04/2012
“Hey! Actor unemployed, rest of your life!”
"Coincidentally, this movie sucks monstrous amounts of balls"
Brilliant.
“Hey! Actor unemployed, rest of your life!”
"Coincidentally, this movie sucks monstrous amounts of balls"
Brilliant.
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8:51AM on 07/04/2012
Wow. I already had no desire to watch this, but now I'm actively going to go out of my way to avoid it.
Wow. I already had no desire to watch this, but now I'm actively going to go out of my way to avoid it.
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