A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes of drug addiction and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Hits you right in the feel-lines.

  • Starring:

    Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head, Darren Evans

  • Directed by:

    Roger Spottiswoode

  • Running time:

    103 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)


    Near-fatal drug overdose (inert body lying next to needle). Street fight (pushing/wrestling/punching). Person bitten by cat. A cat tries to chase a mouse/eat a frog. Objects knocked over/smashed. Reference to vet surgeries being places where animals are euthanased. Cat castration discussed. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Hospital scene. CPR, oygen bag. Blood, abscess, scratches on cat. Bruising. Antibiotics, medical glue, hepatitis, heart attack mentioned.


    Kissing, flirting, hand-holding, hugging. Man in bath, man in underwear.


    Drug overdose (heroin, methadone). Drug use (heroin, marijuana, brown, methadone). Drug dealing, drug addiction. Recovery symptoms from methadone withdrawal (vomiting, depression, restlessness). Dead brother (drug overdose) discussed. Effects if drug taking and methadone program discussed. Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne).


    S-words, p*ss. Name-calling (moron, brass monkeys, vermin, junkie, etc).


    Unlikely friendships, saviours, companions, drug addiction, drug overdose, homelessness, second chances, recovery, methadone withdrawal, desperation, veganism, adoption, redemption, street busking, father-son relationships.


    Dead brother (drug overdose) discussed. Parent's divorce, cat allergies, bipolar disorder, ADHD mentioned. Homelessness (eating food from dumpsters/ground, sleeping rough, being judged/frowned upon/disowned, emergency housing, low socio-economic housing, sirens, arguing, etc). Hospital setting. Cats, mouse, frog, dogs, rat. Vomiting. Based on the novel by James Bowen.


    Sharp, frank, nuanced, unassuming, tough, tender, amiable, unpretentious, soft, agreeable, cute, genial, charming, good-hearted, pro-cat. Standout/excellent/vulnerable/moving/raw/sensitive/accomplished performance from Luke Treadaway, scene-stealing perfromance from the real-life Bob the Cat, upbeat ending.


    Predictable, sentimental. Televisual production values, some clichéd characters, some flat/incredulous moments, mismatched tone, dreary/samey song score, unnecessary emotional beats, some silly/tiresome cat's POV shots. material feels a little stretched thin.

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