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Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties/ Garfield 2

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  Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties/ Garfield 2 Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
3.31 /10
Jon Arbuckle: Breckin Meyer, Liz Wilson: Jennifer Love Hewitt
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Directed by: Tim Hill
Written by: Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow . Based on the comic strip by Jim Davis

Released: 2006
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 0

Another catastrophe.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Perhaps I’m more of a dog-lover than a feline-fancier, but Garfield’s charm has always eluded me. Even though he’s voiced in the movies by the talented Bill Murray, he’s lazy and self-centred: physically and spiritually obese.

His owner, Jon (played with awe-inspiring anonymity by Breckin Meyer) exists only in order to supply Garfield needs: principally, a couch and an endless supply of lasagna. Jon’s only human love interest, Liz the veterinarian (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt as though she’s been manufactured entirely out of plastic) is there to threaten Jon’s unhealthy interest in his cat.

This time, possibly out of desperation, everyone moves to London, where Garfield changes places with an identical British moggie named Prince (voiced by Tim Curry). A variation on The Prince and the Pauper with fart gags ensues, as the well-being of Garfield (who’s impersonating Prince) is threatened by the depressingly unfunny antics of Billy Connolly as a gold-digger after Prince’s fortune.

The usually reliable Connolly appears to have been taking a correspondence course from John Cleese in How Not To Be Funny. He is joined in entertainment hell by various British actors, including Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans and (did I say actors?) Sharon Osbourne.

No one involved appears to have noticed that comedy works a whole lot better with a half-way amusing script, or that when some animals talk they look creepy instead of cute.

The first Garfield was lousy and made more than 21 million dollars on its first weekend in America. The second one made just over 7 million dollars on its first weekend. The figures tell their own story.

If you have a naughty child, take him or her to Garfield 2, then threaten them with the prospect of Garfield 3. You won’t hear another peep out of them.

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