->''"Me-Ouch"''
-->--The headline of [[http://www.villagevoice.com/film/me-ouch-6406435 the Village Voice review]]

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A 2004 superhero film about a woman who gains powers that relate to being a cat. And while the title makes it sound like this might be the ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} you actually care about, trust us when we say that this word is just a hook to trick you into spending money on the film and the Catwoman you actually care about really has nothing to do with this movie at all.

Of course, even remembering that doesn't fix the high number of gaping plotholes, but at least it's one less complaint about the movie that can be applied...

Patience Phillips (played by Creator/HalleBerry), is a shy secretary with few friends who works at the Hedare cosmetics company; she is killed by her boss' scheming wife Laurel after she learns that the company is developing an anti-aging cream that may give good results but comes with '''severe''' side effects. Patience is subsequently brought back to life and given special, cat-like abilities by Midnight, an Egyptian Mau she earlier encountered and attempted to rescue even though it didn't actually need any rescuing. Now she must remember who killed her, find out why, stop their evil schemes, and come to terms with the changes brought on by her abilities, and use them for good rather than for evil.

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!!This film contains examples of these tropes:
* AnimalMotifs: Cats. CaptainObvious, anybody?
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: This version of the character fits Type I of this trope ("Animal Abilities"), unlike her Type II ("Animal Alias") comic counterpart.
* AntiHero: Catwoman. Though a hero, she's got no compunctions about roughing up her targets.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The scene where Catwoman short circuits the speakers in a club by spraying them with water is a pretty egregious example. Doing this in reality is a [[HoistByHisOwnPetard sure fire way to get electrocuted yourself]]! Not to mention the fact that pure water is not conductive- it would have to at least be salt water to work at all.
* AtTheOperaTonight: George Hedare takes his mistress to a Creator/CirqueDuSoleil-style performance; After the latter gets bored and leaves, Catwoman takes her place and confronts him. When the security officers confronts Catwoman, she jumps off the balcony and on to the stage, then scrambles up the back wall; the audience of course, think this is [[AllPartOfTheShow all part of the show]].
* BackFromTheDead: How Patience becomes Catwoman.
* BareYourMidriff: Whenever Patience Becomes Catwoman. Probably the only thing to admire in this movie.
%%* BadGuyBar
* CardboardPrison: During her DespairEventHorizon, Midnight appears to Patience by squeezing through the bars of the cell, which leads to Patience breaking out of jail by squeezing through the bars due to her cat-like powers.
* CatGirl: Catwoman, of course, wears a cat-themed costume.
* CatsAreMagic: They have the power to bring you back from the dead and give you their powers.
* CatsHateWater: Patience does not like rain.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Catwoman again.
* ConspicuousCGI: All over the place, particularly with Catwoman and various aerial shots of the cityscape.
%%* CoolestClubEver
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: George is one [[spoiler:and Laurel turns out to be far worse.]]
* CosmeticHorror: The cosmetic product produced by Catwoman's enemy Laurel is physically damaging and addictive.
* CrazyCatLady: The heroine's mentor, believe it or not.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Along with LightIsNotGood. In the final fight scene, [[spoiler: the leather clad Catwoman is pitted against the white wearing Laurel]].
* DatingCatwoman: Patience a.k.a. Catwoman and Tom Lone, although Tom doesn't know about her alter ego [[spoiler: at first]].
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Patience has one of these after Tom arrests her and Beau-line is still going to be shipped]].
* DigitalDestruction: A rare instance of this happening in a film's ''theatrical'' release, with virtually all detail on Catwoman's skin being erased so as to make the transitions to her CGI model less jarring. Even the film's other scenes have excessive levels of noise reduction applied.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Laurel goes out this way.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: It's implied that [[spoiler:Laurel deliberately allows herself to fall to her death after discovering that her face has become scarred and cracked during her fight with Catwoman. ]]
* EvilLaugh: George and Laurel have the archetypal CorruptCorporateExecutive SmugSnake chuckle.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: After Patience becomes Catwoman, she cuts off her long lovely curls in exchange for a [[BoyishShortHair short, spiky hairdo.]]
* {{Expy}}: Tom Lone to Batman. Tom even looks a bit like Batman.
* FairCop: Tom Lone.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** To quote Creator/RogerEbert:
--> ''"There are [[RuleOfThree three]] good things in Catwoman: Halle Berry's face, Halle Berry's body, and Halle Berry's costume. Those are first-rate."''
** [[spoiler: Also, there's a scene toward the end where the BigBad is lathering herself up with the poisonous makeup cream. Distractingly sexy.]]
* FountainOfYouth: With a twist; continued use deadens the nerves and makes the skin like "marble," but if you ''stop'' using it, your face will decay.
* GayBestFriend: One of Patience's few friends.
* GenderFlip: Oddly enough, the closest thing in the film to any DC Comics plot element is the resemblance between Laurel's arc and the original ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics origin story for Black Mask, the male C-list Batman villain who became comics Catwoman's personal ArchEnemy during her 2000s solo series. The concept of a literally-addictive beauty product bears a resemblance to the origin story of Clayface from ''Batman: TAS''.
* InNameOnly: Given that the main character isn't even Selena Kyle, you kinda have to expect this trope to be in play. Go read a ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' comic. '''Any''' ''Catwoman'' comic. Then compare it to this movie. Other than the main character being a cat-themed anti-heroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's no resemblance. If you keep that in mind you'll enjoy this movie a lot more.
* MakeUpIsEvil: Beau-line is a skin cream that causes all sorts of terrible side effects - if you stop using it. See CosmeticHorror.
* MayContainEvil: Beau-line, the new line of cosmetics the Hedare company is releasing.
* MsFanservice: Selina Kyle's Catwoman was this in the comics already, but is taken to ridiculous levels with Patience Phillips (as played by Halle Berry) in this movie with her {{Stripperific}} ensemble and the [[MaleGaze camera focusing on her boobs and ass many times.]]
%%** Laurel, too.
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: Happens repeatedly to Patience after she is brought back to life. As to be expected, it freaks her out at first.
* ObviouslyEvil: George Hedare, who is clearly established as an antagonist from the first scene he appears in. [[spoiler: With Laurel, it's [[PlayingWithATrope played with.]] She comes across as an antagonist at first, but later helps Catwoman, and then [[FaceHeelTurn stabs her in the back]]]].
** Actually just [[spoiler: Laurel is pure evil. George is just a jerk.]]
%%* ThePowerOfLove
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Tom Lone. Really, what else do we know about him other than he's in love with Patience? He's a cop. Although even that may not be saying much...
* SexyDiscretionShot: This happens on Patience's ''second date'' with Tom.
* ShoutOut: When being educated about the catwomen through time, one of the pictures thrown down is from ''Film/BatmanReturns'', a shot of Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman.
* ShrinkingViolet: Patience at the beginning of the film.
* SpyCatsuit: Patience wears one at first. She later ditches it for a [[{{Stripperiffic}} somewhat less tasteful]] outfit.
* StealthPun: Sharon Stone playing a woman whose skin is like marble due to a side affect of the skin cream she markets.
* StrawFeminist: When Patience asks Ms. Powers why most people have been oblivious to the existence of the catwomen for centuries and why she's had little success proving it, she chalks it up to "male academia", rather than the fact that her ideas were absolutely ludicrous. It's unclear, however, if they're making fun of her or if the writer feels we're supposed to side with her on this.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Much of the hatred from the movie, at least at first, stemmed from her revealing costume, which was a departure from the typical full-body catsuit. [[BrokenBase Your mileage may vary if this is a good thing or not.]] The making-of material reveals (no, not visually) that the top to the costume had a tendency to pop off -- so often that it actually became annoying to everyone on the set.
** Lest anyone enjoy that idea too much, keep in mind that it often would have been popping off Berry's stunt double... [[DudeLooksLikeALady a man]].
%%* ThemeSongPowerUp
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Laurel is blonde and evil as they come.
* YourCheatingHeart: George Hedare is shown having a mistress, which his wife already knows about.
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