THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

CATFIGHT (2017)


#84 is 2017’s Catfight featuring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche playing two of the most unlikable people you will EVER see on screen. Dark Sky Films puts it this way: “Wealthy wine lover Veronica Salt (Oh) and struggling outsider artist Ashley Chambers (Heche) were close in college, but haven’t seen each other since. When they find themselves attending the same glitzy birthday party, verbal barbs lead to fisticuffs and an all-out brawl that will keep these two locked in combat for... years to come.” And boy, they aren’t kidding. When these fights take place, these two game actresses whale away at each other like Ali-Frazier but without the gloves. Each fight has significant consequences for the loser. Catfight takes place in a universe where there is a war in the Middle East, Craig Bierko is a late-night talk host who summarizes the war humorously and then brings out the “Fart Machine,” a man who farts on cue and makes everyone laugh and forget their troubles. Is this really a parallel dimension? Unsure. This is a dark comedy and, while brutal, these fight are played for amusement, although your jaw will tingle sympathetically every time someone lands a right to the chin. The targets abound in Catfight (besides the faces and stomachs of our leads). The satire’s a little broad but enjoyable and at times right on. Alicia Silverstone is great as Heche’s lover and has a wonderful scene at her own baby shower where she demolishes nearly every single gift she’s given in words that cut to the quick. Catfight isn’t your typical comedy and ends the only way it possibly could. But I’m not telling.

TLA one-word review: brutal