At the very least, Garfield: The Movie explains why Bill Murray wore such a long face after Sean Penn picked up the Best Actor Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Apparently Murray had already seen a finished cut of the film and knew that the minute this cinematic litter box liner hit theaters, his chance of ever winning a golden boy would grow as slim as Calista Flockhart on the Atkins diet.
Blame the source material. The repetitive and one-dimensional Garfield is loosely based on Jim Davis’ repetitive and one-dimensional comic strip. For those unfamiliar with the ‘toon, Garfield’s a tubby tabby with a taste for lasagna. He barely tolerates his wimpy owner, Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer), and engages in a love-hate relationship with Odie, a dopey but earnest pooch.
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