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m g' The Michigan Dily - Wednesday, Februar 26 1997 -
f ,Screen Actors' Guild Awards prophecise upcoming Oscars
The Screen Actors' Guild Awards were handed out in ;a.
Hollywood on Saturday, honoring the best performances in
film and television. Awarding acting and only acting, the SAG
awards were somewhat less predictable than they have been
in the past. Having only existed for three years, the film honll-
"t ors have been prophetic of the four acting Oscars for all three
years. So, turn to the SAG when you place your Oscar bets.
Film
Ensemble Cast: "The Birdcage"
Lead Actress: Frances McDormand, "Fargo"
Lead Actor: Geoffrey Rush, "Shine"
Supporting Actress: Lauren Bacall, "The Mirror Has Two Faces"
Supporting Actor: Cuba Gooding Jr., "Jerry Maguire"
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Ensemble Cast, Drama: "ER"
Lead Actress, Drama: Gillian Anderson, "The X-Files"
Lead Actor, Drama: Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue"
Ensemble Cast, Comedy: "Seinfeld"
Lead Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Seinfeld" Robin Willams, Hank Azarla and the cast of "The
Lead Actor, Comedy: John Lithgow, "3rd Rock From The Sun" Brdcage" won best ensemble cast at the awards .-.

Christina Ricci and her darn cat, D.C., try to find a restaurant that makes terrific cat soup.
'Cat' not much more than roadkill

By Michael Zilberman
Dapy Arts Writer
.Lmagine "Silence Of The Lambs"
recast by a disturbed Tinseltown exec so
that Clarice Starling is now Christina
Ricci and Hannibal Lecter is a cat.
Luckily, the target audience of "That
Darn Cat, a new _ _ _
Disney comedy, is
too young to enter- R
in such sordid T
parisons.
that Darn
Cat'' directed by
Bob" Spiers and
allkgedly scripted by -r- hold on to your
hats - Scott Alexander and Larry
Karaszewski, the people behind "The
People vs. Larry Flint," continues the
tradition of Disney live-action come-
dies being cheap, fast and interchange-
-Sprinkled with bits of elbow-nudging
"Ault" humor but conceived and exe-
cuted with a kids'll-watch-anything
mantra firmly in mind, these films usu-
ally land in theaters early February,
lesve by mid-February and quietly head
for video stores by March. "That Darn
Cat" appears to comply with all of the
above, except its share of "adult" jokes
is rather surprisingly high.
The plot concerns Patti, a junior
gh school outcast (played by
Christina Ricci, the emerging princess
of outcasts) whose cat, D.C., drags in a

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clue to a kidnapping case. The girl
teams up with a jittery FBI agent
(Doug E. Doug, seemingly out to
shred any credibility the suits have
recently gained with all the positive
TV and film coverage), and the requi-
site wackiness gets underway. The
wackiness in this
particular case
consists primarily
at Darn Cat of following the cat
around town and
bumping into peo-
At Showcase ple and buildings.
Now, here is
where the promised modern and satiric
edge kicks in, because everybody in
the film except Patti is, to put it blunt-
ly, a moron. While kids are giggling at
old ladies losing their fake teeth, adults

are expected to dig the casting: Look,
it's Biff from "Back To The Future"
making out with the fat girl from "A
League of Their Own!" What comes
across is a peculiar misanthropy on the
part of the director, culminating in the
extended chase that nearly levels the
town.
One of the film's other questionable
directorial decisions was to keep the
girl and the agent apart from each
other in its second half: Without a dia-
logue partner, Doug E. Doug is forced
to relate his thought process to the
audience by talking to himself, and
sounding downright possessed.
Christina Ricci, perfect in "Addams
Family Values," here seems to be
learning an important skill of phoning
in her performances. The cat, it needs
to be said, is extremely cute; but the
movie, ignoring its own title, is inter-
ested in him much less than in, well,
smashing stuff.
As is the case with an increasing
number of kids' flicks, the last 20 min-
utes of "That Darn Cat" are one long
.demolition derby, staged with complete
punk irreverence: A car smashes into a
funeral procession, knocking the
corpse out of the coffin! A monster
truck drives through a gazebo with a
female string quartet playing Haydn!
Not one but TWO gas stations go up in
smoke!
And all we asked for was a cat movie.

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