The Cat and the Moon

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While his mother is in rehab, Nick (Alex Wolff) comes to New York City to stay with Cal (Mike Epps), a jazz musician friend of his late father's, and the only person who can take care of him. During his stay he makes friends with a group of troubled but ultimately good-hearted kids who show him what the city has to offer. The film is a character study of Nick, who is forced to reconcile with his buried pain and vulnerabilities as they bubble up to the surface during his time away from home.


  • Skyler Gisondo
  • Alex Wolff
  • Camrus Johnson
  • Stefania LaVie Owen
  • Mike Epps
  • Giullian Yao Gioiello
  • Tommy Nelson
  • Olivia Boreham-Wing
  • Eric Tabach
  • Quincy Chad

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  • First feature film for director Alex Wolff and first feature film for writer Alex Wolff
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Oct 30, 2019

I still can’t believe this is Wolff’s first film as writer and director. He shows an excellent command of storytelling. There’s a lot of backstory and very little exposition (which can be a first-time filmmaker trap). His dialogue is natural and authentic to the age of its characters, and the way eventual conflicts between the friends play out feels unforced.

Metacritic review by Alan Ng
Alan Ng
Film Threat
Oct 25, 2019

It’s worth noting that The Cat and the Moon is almost two hours long — Wolff could have easily cut it to 85 minutes and achieved the same tone and emotional peaks, but this movie is specifically meant to exemplify passion.

Metacritic review by Nick Allen
Nick Allen
Oct 24, 2019

It’s easy to fault the egos of actors who want to write and direct themselves, but if they don’t make the most of the star attraction — their own performance strengths — what’s the point?

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele