Peter Hewitt (2004)

U Certificate


Our Score
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 doggie 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.


The flabby cat's cosy routine is thrown into chaos when owner Jon brings nice-but-dim pup Odie into the family in his latest bid to impress a pretty vet. Garfield hatches a plan to get rid of his unwanted housemate, but is forced to change his attitude when Odie disappears. Family comedy, with the voice of Bill Murray. Also starring Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Peter Hewitt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 30 Jul 2004
Comedy Children's