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Garfield: The Movie
Garfield 2004.jpg
Photography: Color
Running Time: 80 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 11, 2004
Directed by: Peter Hewitt
Written by: Joel Cohen
Alec Sokolow
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Bill Murray
Breckin Meyer
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Stephen Tobolowsky
Next film: Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

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 would receive 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.

Why It Sucks

  1. Badly done acting.
  2. 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.
  3. Excessive product placement.
  4. Odie is portrayed by a real dog rather than a CGI character, resulting in a character that obviously lacks the quirky physical appearance of the comic book's character.
  5. Both Jon and Liz don't look or behave like their comic book and cartoon counterparts.
  6. Bad CGI, especially on Garfield.
  7. They made all the characters (except for Garfield and Pookie) in this film look nothing like their own original designs.
  8. There is some stupidity in the film's writing. Like the scene where everybody is applauding for Odie at a dog show, but all he is doing is standing on his hind legs.
  9. The villain Happy Chapman is so bland and boring that his motivation is mostly forgettable.
  10. Most of the humor is unfunny, even if Garfield is trying to tell jokes that are not funny.
  11. A rather bad grasp of the source material.
  12. Misleading title: Despite being called Garfield: The Movie, the first half of the film focuses more on Jon Arbuckle and Liz.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Bill Murray did a very good job voicing Garfield.
  2. Good soundtrack.
  3. Some Garfield fans might like this movie.


  • 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 Toy StoryGMW, Cheaper by the Dozen, Money Talks and Daddy Day Camp.
  • In 2009's ZombielandGMW, 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.

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