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At Theaters: 6/11/2004 On Video: 10/19/2004
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 25 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429971
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Life couldn’t be sweeter for Garfield, everyone’s favorite feline. Parked on a comfortable chair in front of the television, feasting on his favorite dish, lasagna, and hurling insults at his beleaguered owner Jon, Garfield is the master of his universe.
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Comedy - This live-action adaptation of the popular comic strip is strictly one for families with young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Breckin Meyer RAT RACE, ROAD TRIP
Jennifer Love Hewitt THE TUXEDO, HEARTBREAKERS
Stephen Tobolowsky THE COUNTRY BEARS
Bill Murray LOST IN TRANSLATION, OSMOSIS JONES, HAMLET
Director: Peter Hewitt THUNDERPANTS
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About The Production
About Visuals and Voices
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PROFANITY: One mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Punches, electric shock--all played for laughs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Animal chases.
COMEDY: Physical gags, wisecracks, animal humor, bodily function gags.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Poor Garfield: The Movie is a prime example of what happens when there's too little source material for a movie screenplay. To be sure, there are occasional moments of rare wit (perhaps as the result of lines lifted directly from Jim Davis' daily strips), but the production as a whole is several notches below uninspired, and in the same neighborhood as unnecessary.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good Yep, this is Garfield, all right. 'Garfield: The Movie' captures the elusive charm of the most egotistical character on the funny pages, and drops him into a story that allows him to bask in his character flaws. That Garfield is revealed to be brave and conscientious after all will not surprise anyone, although it might embarrass him.

USA Today Full Review
Average Not even Bill Murray could save Garfield. Perhaps the comedian — so pitch-perfect as the sardonic actor in Lost in Translation — got too deeply into character. In voicing the lazy fat cat, he didn't draw upon his own distinctive wit to add heft (or subtlety) to the feline's one-liners. Instead, Murray delivers bland recitations...Still, the movie falls flat. Garfield's tagline is "It's all about me-ow!" The emphasis should be on the "ow!"

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Based on an Exit Polling of 181 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
54
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
15
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
16
High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
16
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
25
Fairly High
96%
30+Adults (F)
48
Fairly High
96%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 181 moviegoer opinions. Obviously the most important age group for this movie is children and they loved "Garfield." But children tend to love the last movie they see, so the next important group of moviegoers is Moms. Over half rated it "Very Good" or higher and the remaining half rated it as an OK movie. This is great for a silly kids movie. The next important group is Dads and their opinions are very similar to that of the Moms, which is even more surprising considering the type of movie this is. And last are teens. Again, most enjoyed "Garfield" very much.

While "Garfield" is certainly no "Toy Story," it is a movie parents can take the whole family to see and everyone should have a great time.


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Life couldn't be sweeter for Garfield, everyone's favorite feline. Parked on a comfortable chair in front of the television, feasting on his favorite dish, lasagna, and hurling insults at his beleaguered owner Jon (BRECKIN MEYER), Garfield is the master of his universe.

When Jon takes Garfield to visit beautiful veterinarian Liz Wilson (JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT), she gives Jon a pepped-up, tail-wagging, panting creature that represents everything that Garfield loathes. Garfield, meet Odie, a lovable, dim-witted… dog. The wise-cracking cat is, for the first time in his nine lives, left speechless. The clueless Odie chases his tail till he's dizzy, crashes into walls, and barks without cause, all to the unbridled delight of Jon who eagerly welcomes Odie into his home.

Odie turns Garfield's perfect world upside down. Garfield's solution: OUT, DARN DOG. When the hapless hound disappears into the evil clutches of local celebrity Happy Chapman (STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY), you would think Garfield would rejoice. But he feels responsible for the fate of another. With uncharacteristic energy, courage and selflessness, Garfield manages to pull himself away from his lazy life and spring into action. He's on the unlikeliest of impossible missions: to save Odie.

This adventure brings together Jon and Liz, as well as Garfield's fellow felines Nermal and Arlene. But most importantly, it unites Garfield with Odie, who – while the finicky feline may never admit it – is really the best friend he has ever had.

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