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Garfield (2004)

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Jon Arbuckle buys a second pet, a dog named Odie. However, Odie is then abducted and it is up to Jon's cat, Garfield, to find and rescue the canine.

Director:

Peter Hewitt (as Pete Hewitt)

Writers:

Jim Davis (comic strip "Garfield"), Joel Cohen | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Breckin Meyer ... Jon
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Liz
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Happy Chapman
Bill Murray ... Garfield (voice)
Evan Arnold ... Wendell
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Christopher Mello
Vanessa Campbell ... Miss Ace Hardware (as Vanessa Christelle)
Daamen J. Krall ... Announcer (as Daamen Krall)
Rufus Gifford Rufus Gifford ... Dog Owner #1
Randee Reicher ... Dog Owner #2
Ryan McKasson Ryan McKasson ... Dog Owner #3
Susan Moore Susan Moore ... Dog Owner #4
Eve Brent ... Mrs. Baker
Bill Hoag ... Roy the Lodge Member
Michael Monks ... Deputy Hopkins
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Storyline

Garfield, the fat, lazy, lasagna lover, has everything a cat could want. But when Jon, in an effort to impress the Liz - the vet and an old high-school crush - adopts a dog named Odie and brings him home, Garfield gets the one thing he doesn't want. Competition. One night Odie runs away and gets dog-napped after Garfield locks him outside. Garfield, in an out of character move, goes to search for and rescue Odie with the help of a variety of animal friends along the way. Written by Mouse1177

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Get ready for frisky business See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garfield: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,727,611, 13 June 2004

Gross USA:

$75,369,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,964,901
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Thomas Lennon turned down the role of Happy Chapman because of scheduling conflicts with Reno 911! (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Happy Chapman throws his antiallergic medicine on the table in his bureau, it disappears in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Garfield: I hate Mondays.
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Crazy Credits

The title is animated and revolves until it becomes Garfield; the G has stripes on it and the title shines. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the Spanish dubs of this film, the song "Naranja" is dubbed in English. This is due to the fact the song was written in Spanish. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jude Law/Ashlee Simpson (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lassie Theme
(1990)
Written by Les Baxter
Courtesy of Classic Media, Inc.
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Definitely not the worst movie ever, but it is fairly low on laughs!
9 June 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I didn't absolutely hate Garfield 1, but I personally thought the film wasn't that great. The first problem is that the plot is as thin as a piece of cardboard and rather slow-moving. Bill Murray does his best with rather superficial material, but at times he sounds rather monotonic. While the script isn't completely devoid of humour, it is very uneven, and while kids will like the jokes, adults won't find much to go on. Stephen Tobolowsky's villain, despite having some good delivery, just doesn't quite convince, likewise with Brekin Meyer as Jon.

However, there are several redeeming merits, the most obvious one being Oadie the dog. I am 17, but I still found him so adorable, especially when he started dancing on his hind legs. Another obvious plus is the always lovely Jennifer Love Hewitt as Liz, who has been in a number of duds, but still shines because of her endearing personality and beauty. I also thought there were some well chosen locations, and while the film on the whole wasn't very funny, the scene when Garfield is blown so hard into the air-conditioning duct that his face gets stamped into the metal was very funny indeed.

Overall, not a bad movie, but not a particularly good one either. I don't really recommend this other than for Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oadie or if you're a Garfield fan, but I did enjoy the sequel more. 4/10 for a brave attempt to bring a comic book to the big screen. Bethany Cox


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