In Review

Celebrating 100 Shoving Buddies Articles With A Review Of Ghost Cat (2004)

Synopsis: Wes Merritt and his daughter Natalie (14) get more than they bargained for when they buy an old house that was formerly inhabited by the nice old Mrs. Ashboro and her pet cat, Margaret. When strange things start happening in the house, all fingers point to the presence of Margaret, who died the same day as Mrs. Ashboro. But why has she come back to haunt them?

My Take

As I hit publish on my last article I saw “99” fade into view. Holy shit, the next post is 100. A first landmark at Shoving Buddies. A wave of panic: what will be my 100th post? Whatever it is it must be about something deep, thoughtful, momentous and encapsulate all that Shoving Buddies has strived to become over it’s last 99 articles.

But that sounded like a lot of hard work so instead I got drunk and watched Ghost Cat.

ghost cat

When I first started this seemed like the World’s greatest idea. Ellen Page (amazing) in a film about a spectre-pussy. What’s not to like. Then about 7 minutes in I started sobering up and the realisation that I was watching a 2004 Animal Planet original movie about a ghost cast overwhelmed me. Even for a kids film it was pretty poor.

The story is like a greek tragedy, if Homer wrote 2 dimensional characters trying to save an animal sanctuary from two villanious characters one twiddly moustache away from saying “MEHHHHHH” in a shrill voice and whipping their capes as they run into the dark, foggy London night. Oh, and they are foiled by a helpful cat, which, as Monty Python would say, has shuffled off his mortal coil.

It was kind of cool to see Ellen Page in a before-she-was-famous role. But that novelty wears off pretty quickly and all that is left is a film that I swear most kids would find dull. Fine, there are some cute animal scenes that will make some kids go “awwwwwwwwww” but then probably follow up with “can we get a cat/puppy/goat/sheep/alpaca?”.

The biggest problem though is that for a film whose selling point is “ghost of cat saves day” there was very little ghost cat. At least with Bill Cosby’s Ghost Dad you got what you were sold. It was terrible, but honest.

To sum it up, this film was not as funny, scary or entertaining as this picture of a Ghost Cat.

Ghost Cat Cheezburger

Conclusion: Let this be a warning about drinking and surfing Netflix

Verdict: 3/10


Director: Don McBrearty – Director best known for……………Ghost Cat probably looking at his IMDB. Done a lot of shit TV as well   

Writer: Larry Ketron – Wrote something called Permanent Record in 1988 with a super young Keanu Reeves. Got to watch that for the website

Cast: Ellen Page and a bunch of other people………sorry, I’m not listing them. Don’t judge me.


  • The cat used to play the part of Margaret tragically died of a lethal mixture of cocaine and amphetamine’s outside of New York’s hottest nightclub, Pfnar. They have midget waiters dressed as Tony Danza’s pool guy, cocktails served in glasses made from your grandmother’s dentures and only open on Easter Sunday morning……………..Yes I was that bored.


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    • I think it was a case of Animal Planet going “well we have some spare animals. That’s a movie right? Get some people in here to say some stuff. How hard is it?”

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