Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties

Rated 2.0

The sardonic comic-strip cat (voice by Bill Murray) follows his human, Jon (Breckin Meyer), to England, where he switches places with a “royal” look-alike cat (Tim Curry) who lives in a palace, pampered by servants—and hated by his late owner’s greedy nephew (Billy Connolly). Despite what the title may suggest, the inspiration for this perfunctory farce isn’t Dickens; it’s Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper—but any resemblance to Twain ends there. Written by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow and directed by Tim Hill, this will, in time, serve as an unobjectionable video babysitter for unruly kids who have already memorized all the better movies. In the meantime, it’s nothing special, but it’s harmless enough. The computer animation of the two cats is once again excellent, but the novelty has worn off.