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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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 (Bill Murray), the fat, lazy, lasagna lover, has everything a cat could want. But when Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer), in an effort to impress veterinarian and old high-school crush Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt), 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Seann William Scott was considered for the role of Jon Arbuckle. See more »

Goofs

When Garfield is telling Odie to get off his chair, his eyes are yellow. In every other scene, his eyes are green. See more »

Quotes

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

Some of the opening credits come out from behind things like tree branches and the photographs on Jon's bedroom wall. 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

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #32.15 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel Love
(1974)
Written by Euel Box
Courtesy of Mulberry Square Productions, Inc.
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Below average generic kids movie.
1 August 2004 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

And only marginally redeemed by Garfield.

There's not much to separate this from rubbish like Cats and Dogs and Stuart Little. Everything that happens on screen is there to appeal to the youngest of kids. No one over the age of 8 will get much out of this movie. Unlike movies such as Shrek 2 or Brother Bear, there's absolutely NOTHING in this for adults at all. A shame really as the humor in the Garfield comic strip can sometimes be very clever and observant.

It's worse when you go see this with a bunch of screaming kids (and a baby-honestly why bring a baby to the cinema?!?) who laugh at every single thing. And that's including the stuff that isn't meant to be funny. It did get very irritating and proves furthermore that this is a movie for infants.

The tiny bit of humor the movie does have comes ENTIRELY from Garfield. Bill Murray is great, his delivery is catatonically laid-back and dry. The CGI of Garfield is also very good. He looks to cute that you just want to keep him. But any positive the movie has begins and ends right there.

Breckin Meyer may look the part of Jon but he has less than nothing to do in the role. Jeniffer Love Hewitt (gorgeous as she is) is totally slumming it in a role that requires her to do even less than Breckin Meyer and the other animal cast members resemble nothing like their comic-strip counterparts.

I was a little annoyed at seeing Garfield talk in the trailers but in the movie no humans can hear him or the other animals. There are some other things they have changed. Odie comes straight from the vet, though in the comic-strip he came from Jon's friend Lyman. Nermal does not appear to be Garfield's cousin and Arlene doesn't appear to be his girlfriend either.

The story of Garfield rescuing Odie from an 'evil' TV host is completely uneventful and nothing much happens around it. The ending is an unentertaining, unexciting anti-climax and disgustingly childish. I appreciate kid's stuff. I could watch 100 episodes of Sesame Street back to back. But this film was the most brain dead excuse for low, low-grade kid's entertainment in a long, long time. Jim Davis should be ashamed for allowing his wonderful creation to me made into such a lousy movie.

The 3 stars are for Garfield himself ONLY. Otherwise, without him, it's a hardcore 1-star experience. You wouldn't find Calvin and Hobbes behaving this way.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$203,172,417
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