Spy Cat parents guide

Spy Cat Parent Guide

Competent but not exciting, this film is okay as a freebie but not worth paying to watch.

Overall B-

Digital on Demand: When burglars strike her community, Marnie the cat finally gets to live her dream of being a detective.

Release date September 11, 2020

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use A-

Why is Spy Cat rated PG? The MPAA rated Spy Cat PG for some language, action and rude humor

Run Time: 85 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Marnie (Alexandra Neldel) is a spoiled housecat obsessed with detective shows on TV. She wants nothing more than to solve crimes and go on adventures, but she isn’t allowed to leave the house. When a string of burglaries occurs in her quiet town, Marnie finds herself in the outside world for the first time. Teaming up with a group of misfit animals, Marnie must use all of her detective skills to solve the crime and save the town.

I finished watching this film about an hour prior to my writing this, and I’ll be honest I’ve already forgotten most of it. Spy Cat is so forgettable that I predict I will wake up tomorrow with absolutely no memory of it. That’s not to say it’s bad, however. The animation, acting, and writing are all acceptable but not exceptional. I didn’t find myself frustrated or confused as I often am with terrible movies, I was just bored. The best adjective I can think of is bland. It’s not funny or heartwarming but it’s also not unpleasant.

The only factor that does give some sway to my opinion is the level of violence. The slapstick elements are about average for this genre; however, the use of guns did make me uncomfortable. This is, of course, purely personal opinion and every family is going to have a different view on the use of guns in children’s media. Realistic guns are shown, aimed, and fired at multiple points in the story, both by civilians and police officers. No one is actually shot or hurt, but the intentions are clear. Depending on your own comfort level and the age of your children, you may want to take that into account as you decide whether or not to watch this movie.

Overall, I give Spy Cat a solid shrug and a “meh”. Outside of the use of guns as mentioned above, it’s a bland, middle of the road film. There are no outstanding features but there are also no creative atrocities. If you can find it streaming for free it’s not the worst thing to put on in the background, but don’t expect to be engrossed.

Directed by Christoph Lauenstein and Wolfgang Lauenstein. Starring Alexandra Neldel, Axel Prahl, Sylvain Urban. Running time: 85 minutes. Theatrical release September 11, 2020. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Spy Cat rated PG? Spy Cat is rated PG by the MPAA for some language, action and rude humor

Violence: Slapstick violence including falls, slaps, and being hit on the head. A farmer shoots a gun at a group of animals. Police officers point guns and threaten to shoot. Animals are shot at multiple times. A car gets hit by a train. A chicken is frozen alive. A man slaps another man in the face.
Sexual Content: A group of hens tell a rooster his job is to “make babies”. Two men are seen peeing on the side of the road.
Profanity: Some insults including “dummy”, “idiot”, “moron”, and “lunatic”. A couple uses of terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: One joke about smoking cigars and pipes.

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Spy Cat Parents' Guide

Is Marnie’s knowledge of the real world through television accurate? What does she learn on her adventure that is different from what she learned from TV? How can we decide if what we see on a show is accurate or not?

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Freddy the pig has been reading Sherlock Holmes and feels inspired to start ferreting out facts. Read more in Freddy the Detective by Walter R Brooks. Two guinea pigs dream of detecting in Fudge and Smudge – Pet Detectives by Gary D Foster. A canine does the sleuthing thanks to her incredible sense of smell in Julia Donaldson’s The Detective Dog.

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