|The Cat and the Moon|
|Directed by||Alex Wolff|
|Written by||Alex Wolff|
|Edited by||Frank Reynolds|
The Cat and the Moon is a 2019 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Alex Wolff, who stars alongside Mike Epps, Skyler Gisondo, Tommy Nelson, Patricia Pinto, and Stefania LaVie Owen. The film had its world premiere at the San Antonio Film Festival on July 31, 2019. It was released by FilmRise on October 25, 2019, in select theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as through digital and on-demand services.
During his mother's rehabilitation time, Nick moved to New York to stay with whom we later learn is Cal, an old musician friend of his father’s. On his way to his school, Nick considers attempting suicide by jumping infront of an oncoming train but at last minute, is spooked back. Upon arriving at school, he meets a female, whom we later learn is named Eliza. After his first class, Nick is in the bathroom attempting to get high. Two guys walk in whom befriend him named Shaemus & Russell. He is then invited by them to a party. He is then introduced to Skylar & Eliza again, after it is revealed that Eliza & Sheamus are dating. At the party, Eliza & nick bond over childhood memories & the piano. Meanwhile, Shaemus upstairs on the roof of the party, receives a handjob from a random girl. The next day, Seamus hinted at Nick at a fast-food vendor that he cheated on Eliza and told Nick not to tell her. On a Friday night out, Russel bought illegal drugs from a black man standing in the street but slipped the word "nigga", which offended the dealer and he threatened Russel with a gun but then let him go. On that same Friday's party, Nick and his friends got intoxicated on the drugs that Russel bought. Shaemus again cheats on Eliza as he gives another girl oral in the bathroom, which Nick walks in on. A drunk Lola takes Nick to the bedroom, makes out with Nick but is interrupted by a group of boys, who taunted Nick into fighting. Nick and his friends brought Lola home, and Eliza had sex with Nick. Cal told Nick the next day that Nick's mother is getting better and he can return soon but then tells Nick about staying in New York. On a bus ride, Nick is overwhelmed with emotion seeing Seamus with Eliza, and attempted suicide again, but returned home vomiting and had an emotional breakdown with Cal. The next day at school, Seamus beat Nick for he had had sex with Eliza. Later that day, Eliza came to talk to Nick and the two parted ways. At the farewell party, Seamus and Nick made peace, and Nick gave Seamus a book on French naughty words. Nick looked at Eliza for the final time.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 78% based on reviews from 9 critics, with an average rating of 8.50/10. On Metacritic the film has a score of 63% based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote: "While the gist here is a familiar one of coming-of-age seriocomedy, Wolff avoids predictable beats, letting significant insights emerge almost incidentally rather than milking them for melodramatic effect."