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Garfield: The Movie is a 2004 American family comedy based on the comic strip of the same name and stars Bill Murray, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Stephen Tobolowsky. The film was directed by Peter Hewitt, produced by John Davis, and co-written by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolov.
It received a sequel in 2006 entitled Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.
Garfield (Bill Murray) gets his world turned upside down when his owner Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) brings home a dog named Odie.
- Lackluster acting from much of the cast with the exception of Bill Murray (see GQ #1).
- When Garfield gets chased by dogs at the dog show, he runs by a lady and yells, "Ma'am, I'm hitching a ride in your moo-moo!" which also became an infamous joke.
- Blatant amount of product placement.
- Atrocious CGI, especially on the titular character himself.
- They made all the characters (except for Pookie) in the movie look nothing like their own original designs, which is especially the case with both Jon and Liz, who also don't behave like their comic book and cartoon counterparts.
- It should also be noted that Odie is portrayed by a real dog rather than a CGI character, resulting in a character that obviously lacks the quirky physical appearance and personality of the comic book's character.
- Happy Chapman, the movie's antagonist is so bland and boring that his motivation is mostly forgettable.
- Most of the humor is unfunny, even if Garfield is trying to tell jokes that are not funny.
- A rather bad grasp of the source material.
- The ending feels very rushed.
- Misleading title: Despite being called Garfield: The Movie, the first half of the movie focuses a lot on Jon Arbuckle and Liz.
- Bill Murray did a pretty good job voicing Garfield.
- Garfield's design does remain faithful to the original comics and cartoons, despite the atrocious CGI.
- Good soundtrack.
- Some Garfield fans may like this movie.
Garfield: The Movie received extremely negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, and currently holds a 15% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a general consensus that states: "When the CGI novelty of Garfield wears off, what's left is a simplistic kiddie movie." On Metacritic, the film has weighted a score of 27 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews," while IMDb has a score of 5/10.
- Bill Murray took up the lead role because he thought the script was being written by Joel Coen of the Coen Brothers, but he shortly found out that it was actually Joel Cohen, the writer of GMW, Cheaper by the Dozen, Money Talks and Daddy Day Camp.
- In 2009's GMW, Bill Murray (in a cameo) actually regretted starring in Garfield.
- Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, and Adam Sandler were all considered for the role of Jon, but were too expensive.
- Jennifer Garner was considered for the role of Liz.