is a lighthearted comedy based on the comic strip by Brad Anderson. When Phil gets a job with an organic pet food company in California, he moves his family, including his huge Great Dane Marmaduke and Balinese cat Carlos, from their home in Kansas in order to pursue his new job opportunity, but he's so wrapped up in his new job that he doesn't really take time to listen to his wife and kids and consider their needs. Marmaduke knows exactly what's going on, but he can't get Phil to listen, and besides, he's got his own problems trying to fit in at the local dog park. Phil and Marmaduke each struggle to impress their peers and reinvent themselves in the image of what they think others want them to be, but they only wind up hurting themselves and their family. Marmaduke
is full of classic, if overused comic moments--the oversized dog passing gas while lying on Phil and Debbie's bed, Marmaduke and his dog friends trashing the house at an out-of-control dog party, and a crazy dog-surfing scene--but the gags manage to not completely overwhelm the plot, as happened in Furry Vengeance
, and the film leaves viewers with an important message about the value of family, being true to oneself, and taking time to really listen to those you love. Marmaduke
could almost be classified as Marley and Me
light: it combines silly gags with a serious message like Marley and Me
, but it lacks a high level of emotional investment. Voice talent includes Owen Wilson, George Lopez, Fergie, Emma Stone, and Kiefer Sutherland. Marmaduke
isn't a great film, but the kids will be entertained by it and most adults will find it palatable enough.--Tami Horiuchi Garfield: The Movie
Every now and then, the CGI effects in Garfield: The Movie
are less than perfect--which makes you realise of how astonishingly seamless the rest of the effects are. When Garfield's owner Jon (Breckin Meyer) agrees to take in a homeless dog so as to flirt with a sexy veterinarian (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Garfield does his best to oust the dog from the house. But when a greedy television performer (Stephen Tobolowsky) kidnaps the mutt for his own nefarious purposes, Garfield sets out on a rescue mission. Garfield
is a terrible movie, yet there's something weirdly compelling in its awfulness. Bill Murray, who voices the fat cat, has mastered a comic style that wallows fondly in ridiculousness. Perhaps, seduced by the siren call of Murray's voice, the audience can only marvel at the sublime junk of our culture. --Bret Fetzer
Marmaduke, the world’s most lovable Great Dane, leaps from comic strip fame (appearing in 600 newspapers in over 20 countries) to big screen stardom. In this family comedy event, the “Duke” is living large in Orange County, California. But fitting in with his new four-legged friends--and a potential romantic interest--isn’t always easy for a super-sized teenage dog. All-star voice cast including Owen Wilson, Fergie, David Walliams and William H. Macy.
Offers English audio description and both Spanish and Portuguese language dubbing and subtitles.Garfield: The Movie
Fat cat Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray) spends his time snoozing, eating lasagne, watching TV and making wisecracks--until his owner Jon (Breckin Meyer) falls in love with beautiful veterinarian Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt). She convinces Jon to adopt the adorably dumb puppy Odie, who promptly turns Garfield's easy existence upside down. But when an evil dog trainer abducts Odie, it's up to Garfield to get off the couch and lead a heroic rescue mission.