Garfields Tail of Two Kitties
PG
Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: +1/2

Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Billy Connolly and Bill Murray as the voice of Garfield. Written by TBD, Based on the comic strip Garfield created by Jim Davis. Directed by Tim Hill.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In England, the wise-cracking, self-absorbed comic strip cat Garfield is mistaken for a look-alike, regal pussycat who has inherited a castle. While Garfield savors the royal treatment, the nefarious Lord Dargis plots his demise in order to gain control of the felines fortune.

PREVIEW REVIEW: This hit-and-miss, live-action (Garfield and his double are computer generated) kids sequel takes freely from The Prince and the Pauper and several other mistaken-identity classics. It has a few funny moments aimed at adults, thanks to the witty Mr. Murray, but the target audience, the wee ones, became fidgety at the screening. The films biggest laugh came from the corpulent cat breaking wind. (Kids and delinquent 40-year-olds just love a good flatulence gag, dont they?) The sight gag that received the most response was the reuse of the old Marx Brothers pantomime routine where unknowing look-a-likes duplicate each others movements as they pass what they think is a mirror. It was a funny bit (worth stealing), but then we return to lame humor that includes a dog urinating on a palace guard, an attack dog grabbing at a mans crotch, and a few more passing-wind sound effects.

Billy Connolly brightens up the action whenever he appears as the greedy villain bested by the animals at every turn, but the rest of the cast suffers from the attention paid to the special effects, underwhelming though they may be. Children bored with playing with an empty box may enjoy it.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Summary
Crude Language: Anatomical and scatological humor
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None, but Ms. Love Hewitt uses the term oh my god. Though this may not be a profane use of Gods name, it is a colloquialism used all too often by todays young actors (on the FriendsTV-series, the phrase was uttered several times in each episode)
Violence: Done for comedy, there is much slapstick involving the villain being bested by the animals. He is punched by the hero. He is grabbed in the crotch a couple of times by a vicious dog. He attempts to train the dog to kill.
Sexual Intercourse: The male and female lead kiss. They are in love and he wants to marry her.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 86 minutes
Intended Audience: Small children and captive parents

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