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(2006), PG ["Middle of the Road" PG*] (1hr 13min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
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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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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