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Garfield: The Movie
Review by Susan Granger
0 stars out of 4
In the comics, Garfield is one fat and lazy cat. Unfortunately, so is his
cat-astrophic live-action screen debut.
As the story begins, the lasagna-loving feline (voiced by sardonic Bill
Murray) is flopped on his favorite chair in front of the television set,
caustically commenting about the life of his nerdy owner Jon Arbuckle (Breckin
Meyer). It seems that Jon's besotted by Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a pretty
veterinarian who asks him if he'll adopt Odie, a peppy puppy, a
half-dachshund/half-cairn terrier mix. Eager to please, Jon agrees - much to
Garfield's disgust. Basically, the indolent, curmudgeonly cat hates the dumb
dog. But when Odie runs away after Garfield locks him out of the house one
night and is dognapped by a smarmy cable-TV personality (Stephen Tobolowsky),
who forces him to wear a painful electric-shock collar, Garfield,
uncharacteristically, feels compelled to rush to Odie's rescue. Dog torture in
a kiddie movie? What were they thinking?
While Garfield is computer-generated, the human actors are cartoonish in
their stiff, one-note acting. Quite embarrassing. And, curiously, Garfield's
four-legged pals - Odie, Nermal and Arlene - are played by real animals, which
makes absolutely no sense whatever. Jim Davis' 26 year-old comic strip, which
evolved into a Saturday morning series, deserves better than the lame script by
Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, blandly directed by Peter Hewitt. To add insult to
injury, there's even an appalling amount of product placement (Wendy's, Petco,
Wal-Mart, Goldfish Crackers). On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Garfield:
The Movie" is an onerous 1. This tubby tabby dud belongs in the litter box, and
it's already made my WORST of the year list.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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