Garfield's Fun Fest

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Lame, convoluted movie has rude behavior and mature themes.
  • NR
  • 2008
  • 79 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There are some positive messages about following your heart and not losing sight of your dreams, but they are not particularly well demonstrated.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters are very simple and largely benign. Adult characters are largely absent and rarely intervene. Garfield is notoriously lazy and selfish and rarely attempts to get what he wants through hard work or cooperating with others.

Violence

Minor comic peril, such as alligators snapping angrily after Garfield but never catching him. In another scene, Garfield must produce funny jokes or be dumped into a river.

Sex

A plot point involves Garfield fighting to win back the affections of fellow cat Arlene from the persistent Ramon. There's some minor suggestive behavior: In one scene, some characters swoon over the attractiveness of another character. In another, a female cat wearing a suggestive red dress has visible cleavage. Another character has an extremely exaggerated bust. In a final scene, two cats kiss.

 

Language

Loads of fat jokes at every turn. Elsewhere, minor insulting language, such as "you suck," and several instances of escalating insult jokes, such as, "He's so short he could pose as a statue." 

Consumerism

Though there are no explicit Garfield tie-ins in the film, the Garfield character and its associated toys, films, pet food, coloring books, and assorted items are a one-billion-dollar franchise recognized around the world, so it's likely to lead to a little brand recognition next time you're out and about.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Garfield's Fun Fest looks like a little kid's movie but has some rude behavior, iffy language ("you suck"), minor innuendo, and mature themes that could be too much for younger kids. Plus, there are loads of fat jokes at every turn, and much of the plot focuses on the various philosophies behind what makes a joke funny. Best for tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written bySternAndFair February 24, 2014

A glorious and entertainment!

Today, you will watch a move, and you will watch this one! It is a nice film, an animation. One that has many a laugh, a friends to watch, inside or outside, wi... Continue reading
Adult Written bydawnh2o May 21, 2015

What happened to Garfield?

Checked this movie out in the kid section of the library thinking Garfield Would be a fun treat. My 11 year old was appalled at the language and crude humor and... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNeon_Fish September 5, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written byCooltiger37 July 17, 2018

Promising premise runied by boring plot, iffy messages

The ONLY reason I wanted to see this movie was because I thought the premise of various comic strip characters competing for an award would actually be pretty f... Continue reading

What's the story?

Garfield is participating in the annual Fun Fest, the annual comic competition that he wins without a miss every single year. However, this year Ramon is a dark horse candidate for winner, and, worse, he's stolen Arlene's affections. Can Garfield ensure funniness? Does he even really understand what funny is?

Is it any good?

Ironically, for a movie that's all about a quest to find the real meaning of funny, this isn't a very funny movie. The plot is convoluted, and the notions behind it -- various theories on how to construct a joke or what makes one funny -- likely would go right over the heads of kids who just want to see a fun CGI cat movie. More problematic are the copious fat jokes, which are surely nothing most parents would want to normalize for kids at home, much less to give them an opportunity to repeat elsewhere.

That said, older kids who understand "Garfield humor" (or oxymorons) may laugh through this and enjoy some of the slapstick and silliness of another commercial notch on the Garfield merch post. Parents who loved the Garfield comics growing up may feel nostalgic or very possibly wonder why they ever thought it was funny in the first place.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes something funny. What kind of jokes are your favorite, and why?

  • Many of the jokes in Garfield's Fun Fest are at the expense of others. Do you think jokes have to hurt someone else's feelings? Why, or why not? What kinds of jokes can be funny for everyone?

  • Garfield is a big fan of shortcuts. Have you ever tried taking shortcuts in your life to get something done more quickly? What happened? How did things turn out?

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