Back in 2017, Kristen Roupenian's short story, “Cat Person,” was published in The New Yorker and it immediately went viral online. With its telling of a dalliance between a 20-year-old college student and an older man she meets at the movie theater where she works, this story functioned as a unique portrait of modern dating. In an era where we look more deeply at power dynamics and consent in relationships, “Cat Person” gave readers a lot to talk about.
Now, the mega-popular short story has been adapted into a feature film, directed by Susanna Fogel, who co-wrote Booksmart (2019). CODA star Emilia Jones plays the lead role of Margot, while Succession's Nicholas Braun is Robert. And based on its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, it seems that Cat Person already has audiences buzzing.