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The 2004 film. 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. Now she must stop Laurel and come to terms with the changes brought on by her abilities as Catwoman.

Has little to do with the comic book character [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} of the same name]].

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!!This film contains examples of these tropes:
* AllStarCast
* AnimalMotifs: Of course.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: This version of the character fits Type I of this trope, unlike her Type II comic counterpart.
* AntiHero: Catwoman
* 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]]!
* 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.
* 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.
* CatFight: [[spoiler: The film's [[TheClimax climax]]]].
* CatGirl: Three guesses who (and the first two don't count).
* CatsAreMagic: They have the power to bring you back from the dead and give you their powers.
* CatsHateWater: Patience does not like rain.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Guess who.
* CoolestClubEver
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: George is one [[spoiler: and later Laurel is revealed to be this, too.]]
* 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[=/=]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]].
* DesignatedGirlFight: Between Patience and [[spoiler:Laurel]].
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Patience has one of these after Tom arrests her and Beau-line is still going to be shipped]].
* 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. ]]
* 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. Everything else in this movie is unbelievably bad."''
** [[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.
* 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.
* InNameOnly: Go read a ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' comic. '''Any''' ''Catwoman'' comic. Then compare it to this movie. Other than the main character being a cat-themed antiheroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's almost no resemblance. The closest this film gets to having anything in common with the source material is an off-hand comment about "other people who have had such abilities", and one of the photos on the table is Selina from Film/BatmanReturns.
* {{Irony}}: It's entirely possible that this bomb of a movie saved Halle's career rather than sinking it. After her Oscar win, Halle had developed a reputation for being a raging diva. However, when this movie tanked, it served as a kick in the gut and brought her back down to Earth. [[GracefulLoser Her accepting the Golden Raspberry award in person didn't hurt, either]].
* MakeUpIsEvil: Beau-line is a skin cream that causes all sorts of terrible side effects. See CosmeticHorror.
** Also, [[spoiler: there is a scene where Laurel is conspicuously applying Beau-line.]]
*** Played with. Though Patience does not wear make-up, the anti-heroine Catwoman does.
* MayContainEvil: Beau-line, the new line of cosmetics the Hedare company is releasing.
* MsFanservice: Catwoman, of course.
** Arguably 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 [[HeelFaceTurn stabs her in the back]]]].
** Actually just [[spoiler: Laurel is pure evil. George is just a jerk.]]
* PetHomosexual: One of Patience's few friends is this.
* ThePowerOfLove: In a manner of speaking.
* SexyDiscretionShot: This happens on Patience's ''second date'' with Tom.
* 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...
* 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.
* StealthSequel: To the ''Batman'' films, notably, ''Film/BatmanReturns''. Her origin is identical to that of the ''Batman Returns'' Catwoman, the Catwoman persona is said to be a LegacyCharacter, and in the pictures of former "Catwomen", we see Michelle Pfeiffer's original character. Worth noting that in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' Catwoman was a case of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane regarding her "powers" with the movie seeming to point out that she had really just gone crazy. This movie makes it definitely Magic.
* {{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
* YourCheatingHeart: George Hedare is shown having a mistress, which his wife already knows about.
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