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Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

A Tale Best Left Untold

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
A Tale Best Left Untold….

The only thing more entertaining than a film about a spoiled, narcissistic cat is a sequel with two of them! Garfield is back in egomaniacal form in Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. The G-man’s partner in crime in this sequel is a royal cat named Prince who rules over his human brethren in a palatial castle in Great Britain. Prince crosses whiskers with Garfield when the lasagna craving one stows away with his owner Jon (Breckin Meyer) on a trip to the U.K. Let the hairjinks begin!

Conveniently, Garfield bears a striking resemblance to Prince and the two end up walking in each other’s paws. Garfield digs the royal life while Prince languishes in relative squalor with Jon, Liz, and Garfield’s canine punching bag, Odie. Things get a bit hairy (okay…the last shameless cat related joke I’ll throw in this review) when royal resident Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly) decides Prince needs to take a dirt nap so he can inherit the royal estate.

What unfolds is a pretty color by numbers job about the mistaken identity of the two cats. Director Tim Hill (Muppets in Space) fails to do anything to improve on a story that is frightfully thin. The vast majority of the film focuses on Garfield raising hell in the castle while Dargis conspires to get rid of him and claim what is rightfully his. Maybe it’s a story that will appeal to younger kids, but anyone over the age of 6 or 7 will likely lose interest.

As far as acting goes…well…there isn’t much to speak of, quite frankly. Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt are little more than glorified set pieces. Billy Connolly is appropriately over the top as the dastardly Lord Dargis, but not nearly as funny as one would hope. Part of the problem is that he genuinely seems to want to kill every animal he encounters; which ultimately isn’t very funny.

The real star here is Garfield and with Bill Murray doing voice over for the animated cat, it’s not unreasonable to hope something could be salvaged here. Alas, such is not the case. Murray’s delivery is amusingly snarky, sarcastic, and biting, but the dialogue he’s given to work with just doesn’t amuse for the most part. The only thing that softens Garfield as a character is his pudgy, furry exterior. Outside of this exterior, he’s just not a great cat. He’s insulting, self-absorbed, and hedonistic. One wonders why Jon (or anyone) keeps him around.

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties is undoubtedly geared towards the younger crowd, but with the better kiddie flicks, there is usually some double entendre or subtext that doesn’t put the adults to sleep. Unfortunately, what you see is what you get with this sequel and most will likely grow weary of Garfield’s predictable shenanigans in short order. No amount of catnip will make this one worth your while.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars