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(2006), PG ["Middle of the Road" PG*] (1hr 13min)
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Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 19, 2006
77 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG ["Middle of the Road" PG*] -- ... tolerable slapstick fun. But that is not my call to make ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 20th Century Fox Pictures
Director(s): Tim Hill
Producer(s): John Davis, Michele Imperato, Neil A. Machlis, Brian Manis
Written by: Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Jim Davis, Alec Sokolow
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Lyons Collister

Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Peter S. Elliot
Casting: Matthew Jon Beck, Carrie Hilton, Monica Swann
Production Design: Tony Burrough
Art Direction: Louis Mann, Brian Ollman
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties,  rather than a spoof of "A Tale of Two Cities" as implied by the title, is a spoof of "The Prince and the Pauper." In this case, both the Prince and the pauper are identical tabby cats. Garfield (voice of Bill Murray) unwillingly changes places with Prince XII (Tim Curry) of Carlisle Estates in London, England. Prince XII is the latest in a long line of tabbies of the Carlisle family.

John Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is all set for receiving Dr. Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in his home with a preparation fit for a queen complete with an elaborate feast and rose petals strewn about. His intent? To woo Dr. Liz as he asks for her hand in marriage.

As Dr. Liz arrives she is already bubbling with joy. She has been invited to London to speak at a special convention. She is too bubbly with excitement for John to find the right moment to ask Dr. Liz to marry him. Dr. Liz is still bouncing with excitement as she announces she must leave to get packed for a flight the next morning.

Undaunted, John decides to follow Dr. Liz to London to pop the question there. That sounds like a good plan B ... until both Garfield and Odie stowaway with John.

Prince XII is separated from his luxurious and opulent country castle home by evil Lord Duke Dargis (Billy Connolly). Since the lady of the manor had passed away leaving everything to Prince XII, Dargis decided he would kill the Prince since in the event of the Prince's death he would become sole heir to the luxurious estate. Dargis deposited Prince XII in a picnic basket and dumped it in the river

Soon after, the Prince resurfaces through a gutter drain in downtown London. When the Prince is found by John, the Prince is thought to be Garfield. Likewise, as Garfield is stunned by being almost run over by Smithee (Ian Abercrombie), the butler of the Prince's estate who mistakes Garfield for the Prince and takes Garfield back "home."

From there, the shenanigans to reveal the dastardly plot of the evil Duke begin. And this is where my discussion of the story and plot ends. I do not want to spoil the film for you should you decide it is fit for your family once you know the truth about the content for which we have become known for revealing.

In my opinion, Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties  is tolerable slapstick fun. But that is not my call to make for you or your kids. Nor is it the call of the MPAA or advertisers to make for your kids. That is one of the reasons we do what we do. This film is a "middle of the road" PG. And almost always there is gravel on either side of the middle of the road. Sometimes that gravel can be painful.

Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties  earned a final score of 77, placing in right smack dab in the middle of the scoring range earned by the PG films in the comparative baseline database. That means there are some behavior or image matters that might be of concern to parents.

This film is the perfect  example of using many assaults on morality of the "lesser" kind to get the same "effect" as using fewer but more bold examples such as in R-rated films. For more information on this concept, see our CAP Rule of 1000.

Along the lines of violence, probably the most invasive of the examples of violence found by the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area include the taking and holding of hostages with a crossbow and a firearm, and the Duke ordering Rommel (voice of Vinnie Jones), the castle guard dog to "Kill kitty! Kill kitty!" That line may be talking about killing a cat rather than a human but it is still "kill!" [Prov. 16:29]

Regarding the content found by the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area, the two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8], the repeated lies and deceit and name-calling [Prov. 19:5, Ps. 101:7] were somewhat expensive to the starting 100 points in Impudence/Hate (I). And Hollywood's fascination with body wastes and gases in kids' shows didn't help the scoring loss. [Eph. 5:4]

The Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area revealed the presence of another of Hollywood's fascination regarding the content of kids' shows: the posterior. Garfield seemed to have a fetish for showing his rear end. [again Eph. 5:4] And the Duke displayed an adulterous interest in a female investor representative. While there were several women in the cast, only Dr. Liz showed an excessive amount of cleavage. [Col. 2:20 - 23] And of all the dog bites in the show, not one bite was on a leg or an ankle. All were on the crotch or posterior. That would seem to indicate a targeting of viewer attention on parts normally not discussed in polite conversation. "Balderdash" you say? How many of your daily conversations are focused on someone's posterior or crotch? I guess that depends a lot on one's age. And maybe how much moviegoing one does.

The Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area noted no instances of smoking, drinking, drunkenness, illegal drug presence or abuse of prescription drugs.

The Offense to God (O) investigation area fond one use of God's name in vain and then without the four letter expletive (which cannot be said about another new release this week, The Lake House which is also rated PG but is a 13-PG). [Deut. 5:11]

Nothing was noted by the Murder/Suicide (M) investigation area.

The two versions of Garfield(c Paws) are nearly two peas out of the same pod. As promised in the report title, below is a scoring comparative of the 2004 version and this 2006 version.

The comparison reveals this 2006 version presents a tad more of the assaults on wholesome than the 2004 version in Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Impudence/Hate (I) and Sexual Immorality (S). The increase in the questionable content makes sense in view of the trend we revealed in 2000 regarding R-13. [Ps. 12:8] But the 2006 version is a carbon copy of the 2004 version in Drugs/Alcohol (D), Offense to God (O) and Murder/Suicide (M). So, if you are okay with the content of the 2004 version, the 2006 version should not be much more of a problem. Thus is revealed one of the greatest features of the CAP analysis service which no one else provides. Or may provide considering our service is copyrighted. A complete listing of all the observations made in this 2006 version is available in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be a man (or woman) OR the behavior on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Prov. 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
  • Ps. 101:7 No one [unforgiven] who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Col. 2:20 - 23 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world [cast off slavery to lewd behavior and thought], why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. [In other words, if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and resurrected Savior, why do you still think it is okay to tease, to lust and perform sexual behaviors outside of a heterosexual marriage and tease with your body through exhibitionism because the world ("everybody else") does it and indeed encourages and emboldens such values but your Savior's Word says it is detestable?]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • willful mischief
  • "Kill kitty! Kill kitty!"
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • hostage taking
  • threat with crossbow
  • threat with firearm

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • name-calling
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • body wastes and gases humor
  • reference to kicking one's backside
  • lies/deceit, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • extensive drawing of attention to the posterior
  • adulterous interests
  • crotch bite by dog
  • posterior bite by dog
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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.

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