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Based on the book by columnist John Grogan which is based on his own life experiences with his family and his dog, “Marley and Me” is promoted as a heart-warming comedy.  Though there are funny parts to the movie, it is more accurate to use the term “dramedy.”  Drama with comedic elements.  You will cry more than you laugh.  It’s all about the dog, Marley.  We meet John (Owen Wilson) and his young wife Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) right when they get married, and start their family with a rambuctious yellow labrador puppy, Marley.

The movie spends the first half showing just how misbehaved Marley can be.  Kathleen Turner (Kathleen, what are you doing in this part?) makes a cameo as a dog trainer who kicks Marley out of school.  This doesn’t really endear us to Marley as much as make us wonder why the heck anyone would put up with a dog like this.  I think it’s a little overdone.

John goes through a career change, the couple has kids, and Marley adjusts to all of it by just being himself.

Then as the kids grow up, Marley grows older, and the waterworks start.  I cried and I don’t even like dogs all that much.

 


 

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Marley & Me (2008)

PG 115 min - Adventure, Family, Comedy - 25 December 2008
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A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten the load, the film explores the highs and lows of marriage, maturity and confronting one's own mortality, as seen through the lens of family life with a dog.

Director:  David Frankel
Stars:  Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin, Nathan Gamble, Haley Bennett, Ann Dowd, Clarke Peters, Finley Jacobsen, Lucy Merriam, Bryce Robinson, Ben Hyland, Sarah O'Kelly, Keith Hudson, Haley Hudson, Tom Irwin, Sandy Martin, Joyce Van Patten, Zabryna Guevara, Megan Grace, Haley Higgins, Ana Ayora, Matthew J. Walters, Nicole Herold, Paul Tei, Gaston Renaud, Angelina Assereto, Emmett Robin, Lisa Varga, Dylan Henry, Stephen Lee Davis, Michael Baskin, Bradley Frishman, Eric Conger, Alec Mapa

Storyline

A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten the load, the film explores the highs and lows of marriage, maturity and confronting one's own mortality, as seen through the lens of family life with a dog.


Tagline: Heel the love

Genres: Adventure, Family, Comedy

Details

Official Website:  http://marleyandmemovie.com/
Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  25 December 2008

Box Office

Budget:  $60,000,000
Revenue:  $244,082,376

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Regency Enterprises, Fox 2000 Pictures, Sunswept Entertainment, Dune Entertainment III

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 55 min
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