Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I'm going to do you a favor that I wish someone had done for me and tell you the following: IF you see Harmony Cats on the video store shelf - put it back. IF you see it for sale - walk away fast. IF you see it showing on TV - quickly change the channel. IF Netflix suggests it for you - click not interested. IF you want to see Harmony Cats because it says Hoyt Axton is featured - please realize he doesn't sing and only appears in the movie for approximately 5 minutes. IF you don't heed these warnings and still watch Harmony Cats - don't say you weren't warned.
I'll try to make the story as short as possible, since I'm trying to flush it (and flush is definitely the appropriate word) from my mind . An orchestra folds and a violinist (Kim Coates) takes a job playing bass with a country band. He considers this type of music beneath him but eventually sees the errors of his ways before returning to the symphony where he now plays wearing his tux with cowboy boots. In the middle of this story is a badly written script with insipid dialogue, hackneyed plot devices, and a terrible performance from the usually reliable actor Kim Coates, who played his role like a combination Frazier/Niles Crane to the nth degree. There are only two saving graces in Harmony Cats: Canadian blues singer, Jim Byrnes, whose singing and acting are both above par and Canadian country music singer Lisa Brokop, who plays his daughter and has some fine musical performances.