Garfield

  • U
  • Peter Hewitt (2004)
  • US
  • 76 min
Garfield
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Jim Davis's fat-cat comic strip gets the big-screen treatment in this family comedy from Thunderpants director Peter Hewitt. In an inspired piece of casting, Bill Murray provides the voice of the sardonic, lasagne-loving feline, who here finds his lazy lifestyle threatened when owner Jon (Breckin Meyer) decides to adopt a dog to impress beautiful vet Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt). It's a minuscule plot, and one that barely does justice to Garfield's infamous dry wit, but aimed squarely at a younger audience it works better than expected. As the movie's only CGI animal, the ginger moggy is far more realistic than that digital doggy Scooby-Doo, which results in some fun sequences. Ultimately, though, it's the flesh-and-blood critters who steal the show - clumsy canine Odie never speaks a word, yet is a particular delight, while Garfield's kitty pal Nermal (voiced by Sex and the City's David Eigenberg) gets all the best lines.

Plot Summary

Part-animated comedy based on the hit comic strip by Jim Davis, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and featuring the voice of Bill Murray. Life is sweet for sardonic, lasagne-loving feline Garfield, until his owner Jon decides to adopt dim-witted dog Odie to impress beautiful vet Liz. Odie turns the cat's world upside down, making him desperate to get rid of this irritating rival. But when Odie really does go missing, Garfield reconsiders his selfishness and sets off to find him.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jon Arbuckle
Breckin Meyer
Dr Liz Wilson
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Happy Chapman
Stephen Tobolowsky
Garfield
Bill Murray
Mrs Baker
Eve Brent
Arlene
Debra Messing
Nermal
David Eigenberg
Luca
Brad Garrett
Persnikitty
Alan Cumming
Spanky
Jimmy Kimmel
Wendell
Evan Arnold
Christopher Mello
Mark Christopher Lawrence
Louis
Nick Cannon

Crew

Director
Peter Hewitt

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on video and DVD
Released 30 Jul 2004
Certificate U
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent
Categories
Comedy
Childrens