Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Tedious Garfield sequel with crude jokes.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Dargis lies, cheats, and tries to kill Prince (a cat) to inherit a British estate; flatulence and potty humor.

Violence & Scariness

Animated cats and live-action animals involved in cartoonish violence: a cat kicks and otherwise abuses a dog; a cat is dumped in a river to drown (emerges from sewer very dirty), a dog bites a man's crotch and "bottom," a dog pees on a Royal British guard (leading to a chase through the streets); slapsticky abuses of Dargis at end (he's chewed by a dog, falls, gets punched); he pulls out crossbow and gun to keep adversaries at bay.

Sexy Stuff

Jon yearns for Liz and they kiss at the end; Dargis insinuates sex with Abby and makes crude remark to Liz ("That makes two of you," alluding to her breasts).

Language

Use of "sleaze," someone calls Dargis a "tool."

Consumerism

Tie-ins to Garfield products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking; ferret gets drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (sequel to Garfield) has some crude humor. The villain makes rude comments about female bodies and behaves in a predatory fashion. He also tries to drown the (animated) cat, trains his Rottweiler to attack the cat, and schemes to gain control of an inherited estate; he wields a crossbow and an old-fashioned gun. The cat teases and abuses a smaller dog repeatedly, then draws the big dog into a trap by calling him a "girly dog." The dog bites a man in the crotch and the butt on separate occasions; a man is ravaged by animal-orchestrated hijinks. Animals take over and trash a kitchen (a ferret gets drunk). Some potty humor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhartounian April 9, 2008

Harmless

While the story line is a bit too complex for a 5 year old, mine enjoys the antics of Garfield the cat. Adults may get a kick of of Bill Murray as Garfield, ot... Continue reading
Parent Written byErinSmith July 12, 2015

ok movie

I thank my 12 and 12 year old got it but not my 7year old she keep falling asleep during it I thank #1 is better
Teen, 13 years old Written byjavierewe June 4, 2014

QUITE NICE, 3.5/5

woW! quitE nicE reallY surpriseD mE
Teen, 13 years old Written bySadie girl 23 February 14, 2011

STUPID

i really dislike it jnust because the cat is too lazy and i would not want the chrildren being laszy

What's the story?

As Jon (Breckin Meyer) tries to propose to Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt), she's distracted by a prestigious professional speaking engagement in London. Jon follows her to England, hoping to make his move, with Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray) and the non-speaking wirehaired dachshund Odie (whom Garfield bullies mercilessly). Across the pond, they discover a second animated cat, Prince (Tim Curry), who has just inherited his dead owner's estate, leading the next-in-line human relative, Dargis (Billy Connolly) fiercely determined to gain hold of it. His efforts to kill Prince lead the other animals -- barnyard and household, voiced by estimable talents like Bob Hoskins (bulldog), Vinnie Jones (Rottweiler), Jane Horrocks (mouse), and Richard E. Grant (parrot) -- to revolt.

Is it any good?

Smarmy and smug, GARFIELD: A TAIL OF TWO KITTIES is the unwanted, unnecessary sequel to 2004's Garfield. Though the script includes some ostensibly clever references to literature (for plot, Twain's Prince and the Pauper, for title only, Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities), the majority of the film consists of dopey jokes about Garfield's insatiable appetites, selfishness, and laziness.

Garfield is quite brilliantly animated, nearly three-dimensional. Breckin Meyer's admirable effort to act opposite an animated creature is to be commended. Dargis, meanwhile, is so creepy he appears to deserve the Home Alone-ish violence directed at him, but the storyline is so unimaginative, it's hard to keep still even for the short running time of 80-some minutes. While kids at one screening laughed at the couple of fart jokes and Dargis' falling down and whimpering, for the most part, the movie left them cold as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Garfield's laziness and selfishness: How does his stint as a pretend "prince" teach him to appreciate his generous owner Jon? They could also talk about why Garfield is so likeable despite his many bad qualities.

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