The Cat's Meow (2002) Director Peter Bogdanovich entertainingly reenacts a historic scandal that unfolded aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. Hearst (Edward Herrmann), spying through his ship-floor peepholes,… 2002-04-12 PG-13 PT112M Drama Mystery and Thriller Kirsten Dunst Cary Elwes Edward Herrmann Eddie Izzard Jennifer Tilly Lions Gate Films
Movie Review

The Cat's Meow (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Apr 12, 2002; Rated: PG-13; Length: 112 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kirsten Dunst and Cary Elwes; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Director Peter Bogdanovich entertainingly reenacts a historic scandal that unfolded aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. Hearst (Edward Herrmann), spying through his ship-floor peepholes, plays host to Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst), the movie-star mistress who obsessed him, and Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), the man he suspects she's having an affair with; also on board are producers, flappers, and Louella Parsons (Jennifer Tilly). Bogdanovich's staging is lively in a superficial way, yet The Cat's Meow has a famous-names-on-parade facileness. Herrmann gives a performance of bullyragging power. B+

Originally posted Apr 26, 2002 Published in issue #650-651 Apr 26, 2002 Order article reprints