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Catfight (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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The rivalry between two former college friends comes to a head when they both attend the same glamorous event.

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Onur Tukel

Writer:

Onur Tukel

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Oh ... Veronica
Anne Heche ... Ashley
Alicia Silverstone ... Lisa
Amy Hill ... Aunt Charlie
Myra Lucretia Taylor Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Donna
Ariel Kavoussi ... Sally
Damian Young ... Stanley
Stephen Gevedon ... Tom Ferguson The Art Collector
Giullian Yao Gioiello ... Kip
Tituss Burgess ... John The Physical Therapist
Jay O. Sanders ... Angry Guy
Peter Jacobson ... Carl
Catherine Curtin ... Carl's Wife
Ronald Guttman ... The Man In The Towell
Eva Dorrepaal ... Claire The Other Art Collector
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Storyline

In this dark, gritty, mean-spirited, but well-made comedy-drama, Veronica (Sandra Oh) is an superficial, entitled housewife dealing with her home life. Ashley (Anne Heche) is a self-obsessed, misanthropic, artist dealing with her career and her life partner Lisa (Alicia Silverstone) who wants to raise a baby. Veronica and Ashely's paths cross at a party hosted by Veronica's husband, which the two cynical woman's long-buried rivalry comes to the surface which leads to a brutal cat-fight where Veronica ends up in the hospital in a coma. After two years, Veronica emerges from her coma to learn that both her husband and teenage son are dead, and she is broke with no friends or family. On the other hand, Ashley has become a successful and wealthy artist now married to Lisa. Veronica blames Ashley for her downfall, and after another confrontation which leads to another savage cat-fight in a vacant lot, Ashley is the one to end up in a coma and is revived after two years to find her own ... Written by Larry B.

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Taglines:

A black and blue comedy

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catfight - Botte da amiche See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,666
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Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While promoting this film, director Onur Tukel and actress Anne Heche managed to be the second and third guests ever to be asked to leave a popular podcast, named Doug Loves Movies, for disruptive behavior. The first guest to be asked to leave, was Onur Tukel on a previous episode of "DLM". See more »

Goofs

When Sandra O's husband knocks the glass of milk over on the table, the glass is still clearly lying on the table. In the next shot, the glass is lying on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Ashley: Why are you helping me?
Sally: I am not. I'm actually taking great joy in seeing you like this. I mean, your life is over. You can't paint, you lost your girlfriend, you lost your baby.
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Soundtracks

3hree
Written by Adam Manella and Michael Raymond Russell
Performed by MRR-ADM
Published by Africa Kurian Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Now-Again Records
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Claws, Brick, Fangs, Wrench, . . .
10 October 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Cat claws are joined by rock, brick, hammer, wrench, tire iron and more as a pair of self-important and toxic narcissists sink their fangs into each other. Ashley and Veronica are from opposite sides of the political spectrum yet both share an unquenchable hatred for anyone who attacks their image. Veronica (Sandra Oh) is a caustic and drunken gold digger married to a businessman making insane profits from a war in the Middle East. She encourages her son to be anything other than a useless artist. Ashley (Anne Heche) is a sadistic painter whose apocalyptic view of war tolerates no blasphemies, including and not limited to the "false color" blue. Her partner is a clueless snob who, like herself, rejects anything that isn't a carbon copy of her own fluctuating views. Ashley and Veronica are former college acquaintances, now in their forties, who meet at a party. Soon they enter into a bitter, knock- down and bone- crushing brawl in the stairwell. This won't be the only fight. In their all-consuming rivalry they risk losing everything. The heat of a fire consumes all the fuel and air before it dies.

Catfight is fueled by dark humor and a realistic portrayal of narcissistic personality disorder. Narcissists believe that money, success and power entitles them to treat others like trash. Yet narcissists are useful to the world because they see through all its fallacies (the greatest sinners make the best preachers). Ashley and Veronica are self-absorbed, have no empathy for others and treat their assistants more like servants and machines than persons. They are too broken to reveal their wounds to others though, which is why they never truly heal.

The violence in Catfight is really brutal and vastly different from other cinematic fight scenes. The female on female fighting is just one aspect that makes the fight scenes different. Other nuances include creative brawling tools and settings, compelling themes and characters, and great acting. Anne Heche and Sandra Oh are versatile, capable actors that are adept at this type of satire. Catfight's director, in the question and answer session after the film, said that Anne and Sandra had different, but equally effective, styles of preparing for the scenes. One actor was methodical in planning and preparation, and the other was energized by each passing moment. World premiere seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.


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