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Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (PG)

Release Date: June 16th, 2006 by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Cast: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Billy Connolly, Bill Murray (voice), Ian Abercrombie, Roger Rees, Lucy Davis.
Directed by Tim Hill.

BASIC PREMISE: While on a trip in London with his owner Jon (Meyer), Garfield (voiced by Murray) accidentally gets switched with the royal cat which looks just like him.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This fast-paced sequel basically rehashes the story of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper set in modern times. Just like in the first Garfield film, none of the human characters generate any laughter, but the animal characters at least lead to a few giggles. Jon (Meyer) goes on a trip to London with his girlfriend, Liz (Hewitt), whom he wants to propose to. Those who expect any romantic chemistry between the two should, obviously, look elsewhere. Soon enough, Garfield gets mistaken for the royal cat and feasts on mounds of food thanks to its personal chef. Somehow, the audience is supposed to believe the absurd notion this cat means a lot to England—enough to rule over the castle and make the front page. Meanwhile, the goofy bad guy named Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly) schemes to get rid of all the animals so he can be the next in line to rule the castle. H believes the royal cat is gone for good after he had thrown it into a river. Admittedly, this film would have worked better as a cartoon, especially the way it plods along and all of the one-dimensional characters. The only somewhat funny scenes are with the other quirky animals—live ones, actually, rather than CGI like Garfield. More scenes with them rather than with Billy Connolly would have helped to add some more laughs. Fortunately, at a brief running time of 80 minutes, Garfield doesn’t overstay its welcome and feels much less harmless and breezy than the first film.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.


IN A NUTSHELL: Harmless and slightly goofier than the first, but still dull and forgettable.


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