Actor Alex Wolff (Hereditary) puts his best foot forward with his debut feature The Cat and the Moon. Wolff plays Nick, a Detroit native who arrives on the doorstep of Cal (Mike Epps), a New York City jazz musician. Cal is Nick’s temporary guardian, while Nick’s mother is in rehab in Detroit. Not much more is known about Nick as we explore his life as he explores New York.
“The three quickly become friends as a sense of humor and an ample supply of pot can go a long way.”
The next morning Nick is the new kid at school already in mid-semester. Lost in the halls, Nick is helped by Eliza (Stefania LaVie Owen) in finding his first class. Stressed by the new situation, Nick sneaks off to the bathroom for a smoke where he is spotted by Seamus (Skyler Gisondo), who is dating Eliza, and Russell (Tommy Nelson). The three quickly become friends as a sense of humor and an ample supply of pot can go a long way.
The Cat and the Moon is a not-so coming-of-age film about a bunch of high schoolers finding camaraderie, while getting into some serious unsupervised s**t. What shines in Wolff’s film is his style of storytelling. The movie opens with Nick as this clean slate. We know nothing about him, and he knows nothing about New York, and we’re on two separate journeys of discovery.
"…a bunch of high schoolers finding camaraderie, while getting into some serious unsupervised shit."