Dark comedies can be hit or miss. But when done right, the narrative usually does a great job of balancing humor with deeply uncomfortable topics/situations. Which is why I’m hoping that this movie looks as good as the trailer. Starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche, Catfight centers on two former college acquaintances whose run-in leads to a rather drawn out feud. It’s like a live-action Tom and Jerry movie. Fight on sight.
Catfight hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles, and on all digital platforms, on March 3rd, 2017.
One-time college pals Veronica (Sandra Oh) and Ashley (Anne Heche) run into each other at a party. The women, now in their forties and having not seen each other since school, find that their lives have taken radically different paths. Ashley is barely scraping by as a painter of politically charged canvases, while Veronica is married to a wealthy businessman who’s about to profit hugely off yet another US-led war in the Middle East. Within minutes of their reunion, a rivalry is revived, old wounds are torn open, and a Manhattan stairwell becomes home to a woman-on-woman brawl the likes of which are seldom seen outside of martial-arts epics. And now the gloves are off. The new feature from writer-director Onur Tukel takes a set-up that in most films would lead to a heartwarming story of female friendship — and uses it instead as the springboard for an outrageously madcap black comedy.