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(2004), PG -- ...as much a warm and gentle love story as it is a story of Garfield meets Odie.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Davis Entertainment
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Peter Hewitt
Producer(s): John Davis, Michele Imperato, John Kilkenny, Neil A. Machlis, Brian Manis
Written by: Comic Strip - Jim Davis. Movie - Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Cundey
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Peter E. Berger
Casting: Brennan Dufresne, Risa Bramon Garcia
Production Design: Alec Hammond
Art Direction: Suttirat Anne Larlarb
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Garfield (voice of Bill Murry) was happy and content in his world of manipulating his owner, Jon (Breckin Meyer). Fat, happy and lazy was how beautiful veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt) put it. According to Garfield, Jon did seem to be spending a lot of unnecessary time at the vet. One time when Jon took Garfield to the vet, Dr. Wilson approached Jon with a dog that she said would not make it if he had to be caged all the time. Unable to say no to Dr. Liz who has mesmerized Jon since high school, the little dog became Odie and permanent resident with Jon and Garfield. Now Jon had two pets and started to show what appeared to Garfield to be favoritism toward Odie by, for example, letting Odie sleep on Jon's bed when Garfield was never allowed to do so.
Odie possessed a lot of tricks. Dancing was his best, for which won Jon first place in a dog show. But one evening, one of Garfield's maneuvers to eject unwelcome Odie from the house resulted in Odie running away. Because of Odie's amazing tricks, Odie ended up in the hands of a nasty ousted newscaster, Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky), a local animal show host with the cat, Persnikitty (Alan Cumming). Chapman plans to brutalize Odie into more tricks and use him as a ticket to land him a regular spot on a New York TV show.
At the prompt of all the neighborhood pets, Garfield came to feel responsible for the loss of Odie, so Garfield launched a campaign to get Odie back. Then is when the most of the shenanigans happen. But know that this movie is almost as much a warm and gentle love story as it is a story of Garfield meets Odie. It is a "G-rated" love story indeed.
There is only one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] and one use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] in the entire movie. Sexual matters are limited mostly to rather sensual dress in a background TV music video and an additional instance, a woman sitting in a very short skirt then crossing her legs and one case of where it was so obvious on what the camera was focusing [Eph. 5:3]. Violence is also limited to what might be called slapstick violence except in the cases of quite inhumane treatment of a dog. Rather abrasive name-calling might cause your younger adolescents to mimic what they hear. [Prov. 22:11, Prov. 15:26]
Let the somewhat short listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell you all that was found. With a final score of 83, Garfield: The Movie barely made it into the scoring range earned by PG movies (86 to 68 our of 100) in the comparative baseline database.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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