A Street Cat Named Bob

November 15th, 2016


A Street Cat Named Bob

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.5/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Stars: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas

Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Writers: James Bowen, Garry Jenkins, Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Bob the Cat, Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head, Beth Goddard, Darren Evans, Caroline Goodall, Ruth Sheen, Nina Wadia, Franc Ashman, Ivana Basic, Lorraine Ashbourne, Mark Behan, Daniel Fearn, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bob the Cat - Street Cat Bob (as Bob)
Luke Treadaway - James Bowen
Ruta Gedmintas - Belle
Joanne Froggatt - Val
Anthony Head - Nigel Bowen
Beth Goddard - Hilary
Darren Evans - Baz
Caroline Goodall - Mary
Ruth Sheen - Elsie
Nina Wadia - Padma
Franc Ashman - Danielle
Ivana Basic - Carefoot Receptionist
Lorraine Ashbourne - Simone
Mark Behan - The Drug Dealer
Daniel Fearn - Dog Owner

Taglines: Sometimes it takes nine lives to save one

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 7/10

This film offers almost exactly what you would expect it to and there's nothing wrong with that. We've seen better movies about the trials of homelessness, the tortures involved in getting clean from heroin, especially the latter when it's worth remembering this is a 12A certificate and so the horrors experienced by the main character can't be quite as lurid, nightmarish and unsettling as those depicted in TRAINSPOTTING.

Otherwise, this adaptation of James Bowen's autobiography, his account of how he was saved by the unlikely companionship of Bob, is pretty likable stuff. Luke Treadaway's performance is perfectly fine; his depiction of a drug user who's lost everything and is living rough comes across as credible enough. If there's a sense of fantasy about the effect Bob has on his fortunes - Londoners react to Bob as though they've never seen a cat before - then you just have to go with it to an extent. The film makes it clear that Bob personifies James's salvation, and it was a lovely detail to discover one of the feline actors playing the cat was none other than Bob himself.

Anthony Head doesn't need to do much to play James's estranged father, but he handles the emotional turmoil hidden beneath the character's austere exterior really well. Joanne Froggatt and THE STRAIN's Ruta Gedmintas are memorable as James's doctor and distant love interest respectively. The latter is a bit too obviously 'hippy chick' but she just about gets away with it, and I respected that the romantic undertones of her story line climaxed in a bittersweet, realistic way.

For me, this is up there with EDDIE THE EAGLE as a title that won't win any awards and will never slay the box office, but it made me feel better for having seen it. I'm looking forward to reading Bowen's book now. And I once knew a cat called Bob - a more affectionate and avuncular friend I don't think I've ever had.


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