Rating: PG-13 for action violence and sensuality
Run Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes
What’s not to love about a gal with a whip, stilettos, and sharp rhinestone claws? Guilty pleasure be thy name!
While acquainting herself with her sinuous side, Patience is learning to love local detective Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt). Lone pulls double-duty as Patience’s main man and her arch-enemy, investigating the mysterious catlike beast who may be responsible for a series of murders at the cosmetics plant.
No, it’s not faithful to Bob Kane’s original comic creation and yes, it’s off-the-charts cheese (think Berry and the ubiquitous Sharon Stone in the mother of bitchy catfights), but it is blessed with snappy one-liners, a sizzling romantic chemistry, and Stone doing high camp as sinister make-up queen Laurel Hedare.
Look is pure MTV-glow, awash in shimmering color and blemish-free filters. Director Pitof (he of the hip single-moniker) quick-cuts his way around the confusion, thereby sidestepping a narrative hairball. Plot is kept on the lowdown, leaving room to ponder how many extra workouts it will take to squeeze into that skimpy cat costume by Halloween.