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Movie Review: Breakfast on Pluto

Alternate Title: Hello Kitty

Story: What's a girl to do? A baby boy is abandoned by his poor mother and dumped at the local parish priest's (who is the father) doorstep. Little Patrick 'Kitten' Braden is fostered out to live his Irish childhood wearing make-up and longing to be called Kitten.

Director Neil Jordan gender bends again (The Crying Game) in this enchanting episodic (count'em - 35 or so) tale of Kitten Braden as she winds her way through life looking for love in all the wrong places. Patrick McCabe's novel is brought to the screen as Jordan and McCabe team up again (the wonderful Butcher Boy) to my delight.

The amazing adventures of apolitical Kitten Braden have her gliding through Ireland's 'Troubles' skirting disaster along the way. She meets fascinating characters in her quest to find her missing Mum, love and a place in the sun.

If you like quirky and are fascinated by the transgendered world, this film is for you.

Acting: Cillian Murphy is gorgeous. His 'Kitten' is a powerful, sympathetic performance. The rest of the cast works wonderfully but the center of attention is Murphy.

Predilection: I am fascinated by the transgendered world and anything having to do with Ireland's 'Troubles'. Some of my favorite films are about this period in Ireland's torn history.

Soundtrack: The soundtrack is critical to this film's success. It is the narrative link between all of the episodes. Many of your favorite 70's songs can be heard.

Theater Audience: Pretty crowded for a Thursday afternoon. Lots of laughing could be heard. While this is NOT a comedy, there are many really funny scenes.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 3

Drift Factor: I enjoyed every one of Kitten's episodes. No drifting for me.

Predictability Level: Moderate.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: This would be fine as a rental. For some of Cillian Murphy's other work check out: Red Eye, Batman Begins, Cold Mountain, Girl with a Pearl Earring and 28 Days Later

Length: A tad over two hours (it could have been shorter).

LOBO HOWLS: 7