Cat lovers Zachary (Brandon Routh) and Marilee (Kimberley Sustad) are back in this delightful sequel to 2014’s The Nine Lives of Christmas. A stray kitty brought the fireman and the aspiring vet together in the first film and a box of abandoned kittens prove to have the same matchmaking properties in the second.
While the last movie ended with a seemingly happily ever after, in the new movie, Marilee has moved to Miami where she’s started her own vet practice, which she runs with her new workaholic boyfriend, Miles (Nathan Witte).
She’s a little nervous about returning to celebrate Christmas in her home town in Oregon for the first time in years, but that’s exactly when Zach takes his ski trip, so he’ll be out of the picture. Except that finding homes for the kittens means Zach isn’t going anywhere. And Miles insists he has to fix problems at work and won’t be able to join Marilee and her family.
These two actors have great chemistry and of course we’re rooting for them to get back together. (Sorry, Miles!) And we get ample close-ups of the adorable the kittens, who end up being named after Santa’s reindeer by Marilee’s niece.
There is some sadness as we learn that Marilee’s cat Queenie has passed away. She has a new kitty named Duchess and fortunately, Ambrose, the orange tabby who brought them together in the first place, is still doing great. Naturally, he and Duchess do their part to make sure their humans find their way back to each other.
It’s everything you’d want from a Hallmark holiday movie – it’s sweet, heartwarming, and incredibly wholesome and festive, with the characters engaging in gift wrapping, Christmas tree shopping, baking, and plenty of time spent cuddling kittens.
A must for every cat fan in your household.
Rating: 3.5 paws
7 thoughts on “Review: ‘The Nine Kittens of Christmas’”
Actually, the new cat Marilee has is named Duchess.
You are so right! I’ve made the correction. Thanks!
What happened to Queenie in real
The animal trainer for that film was Connie Rusgen (she also did Nine Kittens of Christmas) and I think I’ve found the cat who played Queenie. But not sure where Callie is now:
(Compare to the photos of Queenie at Cinema cats: https://cinemacats.com/the-nine-lives-of-christmas-2014/)
Loved both of the movies with “Zach” and “Marilee”! Can you do another one??
It would be great if they did!
The only things I take issue with in the Nine Kittens of Christmas are a few small glaring mistakes.
In the original movie, the fire chief’s wife was allergic to cats but now they take them. Her sister had four dogs which are nowhere to be found in the sequel and they have a daughter.
It was never explained really why Marilee moved to Miami when at the end of the original movie, she climbed onto the fire truck with him which meant they were going to “be together forever” which was the entire underlying theme/premise of the first movie.
This wasn’t a bad sequel but there were just too many little things things that were too obvious to ignore, imo, that didn’t make it as enjoyable as it could have been–especially as many times as I watched the first one.