David (John Forsythe) is an upcoming star in politics. But sadly for David, he’s about to be part of a wild scandal involving some nasty blackmail. One day when David comes home, he finds a beautiful young woman named Jody (Ann-Margret) sleeping in a bed. The only catch is that Jody has just escaped from a detention centre after violently stabbing a guard and deciding to burn the detention centre to the ground to escape.
When David finds Jody, Jody tells lies about why she is hiding in his home. David is a good man and helps her move on, but Jody refuses to leave. David quickly learns the truth about Jody and is about to have a crazy evening, trying to find a way out of a pickle without risking everything he has worked toward in politics. Despite everything, Jody is sweet, charming and perhaps downright crazy. Can David survive and escape while doing all the right things?
Kitten With a Whip is a fun, witty crime thriller. Ann-Margret turns up the dial, giving her character a massive range of emotions from cute and flirty to downright crazy and evil. Her character is all over the place and packed with unpredictable moments, making the film edgy and exciting as viewers question how and if David will be able to escape her charms. The performances from both John Forsythe and Ann-Margret are generally great.
Dialogue is quite fast and snappy, which is pleasing to see. Our leads continually attempt to escape or trick each other, which keeps viewers invested and engaged with David’s situation. Visually, everything here is satisfying, and it begins and ends with a solid snappy musical score that is rather fitting and pleasing to hear. The film is generally lots of fun, but I can’t deny there were a couple of issues I had with it. Sadly, some of the characters repeatedly make poor choices, including David, who can’t seem to catch a break. I could see this frustrating some viewers. The second act also slows down dramatically.
Overall, I found this film to be a delightful drama with witty and mysterious moments. Performances from the leads are pleasing, with Ann-Margret delivering a role that goes from cute and charming to insane and crazy. The film is packed with a fun musical theme which I adored, and I found the story to be rather engaging given the situation our characters find themselves in. Sadly some character choices are a little painful to watch, and the second act does slow down dramatically before an exciting finale.