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 4+
Based on 18 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byDr. Weird September 11, 2010

Pretty bad.

Not as bad as the first film, but only slightly better. More crude than the first film.
Teen, 16 years old Written byBelleDelphine January 13, 2020

Best Movie of All Time

Garfield is the best example of purity and wholesomeness in the human race. This movie exceeds in giving laughs despite the 2006 age, I for one love the movie,... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bygarflover88 April 1, 2019

best movie since "garfield"

this movie teaches you about family values and how to save realestate, two very important values in life.

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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