Published Apr 01, 2001With the recent craze of gross-out movies based around sex gags and gratuitous nude scenes there have been a slew of half-assed comedies surfacing in Hollywood. It seems writers are taking a very thin plot and only a few solid ideas and trying to stretch them into a full-length film. Not only does "Tomcats" have a pathetic plot that's unraveled in the course of 20 minutes, but the brutal acting and idiotic characters will have you checking your watch at least a dozen times.
While at a wedding, a few friends (the Tomcats) decide that they don't ever want to settle down and begin a multi-year wager: the last one to get hitched will win the jackpot. As the money accumulates to a few hundred thousand dollars there are only two single men left. First there's Michael Delaney (Jerry O'Connell), the hero of the movie yet someone you would have no compassion for. Then there's Kyle Brenner (Jake Busey), the sexaholic who is trying to sleep with every woman on the planet. When Michael loses $50,000 playing craps in Vegas he's taken to a back room and is threatened by the casino owner ("Politically Incorrect"'s Bill Maher) that if he doesn't produce the cash in 30 days he will kill him. A likely scenario.
Michael racks his brain trying to figure out ways to come up with the money as casino thugs repossess everything he owns, including furniture, electronics and his car. Why this doesn't add up to $50,000 is not an issue apparently. Then Micheal realises that he needs to have Kyle marry his "true love" Natalie (Shannon Elizabeth) so he can collect on the Tomcat money. But after spending quality time together "staking out" their unsuspecting target in Kyle, Michael and Natalie fall for each other and are left choosing over money and love.
Not only is "Tomcats" flirting with bad-taste (there's a much-too-long scene involving a surgically removed testicle), but it is simply not funny. Even people going to see this movie in the hopes of getting their fill of teenage-targeted sex jokes and scantily-clad women will leave disappointed. This is comedy at its sloppiest and most idiotic form that just seems to churn out what they think people want to see. Avoid at all costs.