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Marley & Me

A 2008 movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

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Don't let the previews fool you, this is a GREAT movie!

  • Nov 29, 2009
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I was skeptical that 'Marley & Me' would be a horribly sappy story with an overly cute dog and no plot whatsoever.  Well, I wound out watching it when I was sick and nothing else was on, and I was so very wrong about it.  I was smitten – overwhelmed – by how good the movie is.  Yes, it's sappy in places, but it's still a great movie.  There's both comedy and tragedy, and some surprisingly good acting even from the normally amateurish Jennifer Aniston.  Owen Wilson is fantastic as always, he never fails to surprise me with his ability to perform.  In watching, I discovered that the movie is based on a real life story, told in the book 'Marley & Me' by John Grogan.


The movie starts with John Grogan's (Owen Wilson) marriage to Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) during a freak spring blizzard.  They move to south Florida, get jobs, buy a house ... and to avoid filling the spare room too quickly with children, John buys a Labrador puppy which they name Marley (after Bob Marley).  From the beginning, Marley is trouble with a capitol T.  He humps everything in sight (especially poodles), fails obedience class, weighs 100 lbs and pulls them everywhere on the leash, eats mangos, chews up everything in sight, and is generally a bad, disobedient dog.


Grogan's family finally expands with the birth of their first child, Patrick, and Marley continues to be an important part of their life.  There's fun, frolicking, and frisky adventure whenever Marley is involved.


'Marley & Me' is the life story of Marley, so get ready for some tears along with the laughs.  It's a surprisingly pleasant story of a family growing and developing, along with a dog that never listens and is afraid of thunderstorms.  The movie is saved from being too sweet by showing the tragedies of life too, such as Jenny miscarrying her first baby, and their second son suffering with colic.  Great performance by Kathleen Turner as the dog trainer, and Alan Arkin as Grogan's boss Arnie Klein.


The screenwriter and director did an excellent job of capturing Grogan's tale of Life, starting with early marriage and two people in love with good careers and a happy life, through the birth and raising of their children and the difficulties faced by everyday life in aging and raising children and balancing homelife with careers, and eventually turning forty.  Don't miss out on the book either, John Grogan is an excellent writer.


Like I said, the movie really surprised me at how good it is – a solid 5 stars!  Don't miss out on this fun, well acted, well directed, and well written story.  Enjoy!


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November 30, 2009
Great review! I completely agree, this was a heart warming story inducing both laughter and tears. Gotta love Marley, flaws and all! Thanks for sharing.
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review by . October 15, 2009
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I'm not afraid to admit that I get emotional during movies.  Having said that, it takes a really well written film to get me in that kind of state of mind.  While Marley & Me is a comedy drama for most of the film, it has moments of real emotion, dealing with real life issues like buying a house and having kids.  Marley & Me is a film that I think every human being can relate to, whether that means with dealing with your troublesome dog or getting pregnant at a time that …
Quick Tip by . January 10, 2010
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I love this movie, it is funny, realistic, and sad all at the same time - just like life. Highly recommend it!
Quick Tip by . October 13, 2009
A great tearjerking film, Marley and Me is a film for everyone. Makes me want a Dog even more!
review by . April 14, 2009
Just goes to show you....on Sunday I swore to a whole room full of people that I'd never watch Marley and Me.       Why? Multiple reasons. A) I can not handle pets in jeopardy scenes. I won't watch Old Yeller, I cried over the promo clip for 8 Below, my mom always thought Lassie was my favorite show, but I always watched with my little heart in my throat and sweat glistening my brow. B) I'm sentimental and a sucker for anything that is designed to play my heartstrings. I've cried …
review by . December 26, 2008
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Let's face it, there are times when a movie studio can mess up a perfectly fine book. Who hasn't left a theater grumbling about what Hollywood has done to one of their favorite reads? That's certainly not the case with Marley & Me - it's a wonderful book and as directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada), it's a wonderful movie.     The casting could not have been better. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston are perfect as John & Jenny Grogan, a young couple, both newspaper …
review by . February 06, 2009
Honestly, I didn't expect much from this film going in. I mentally prepared myself for yet another cutesy animal movie complete with over the top performances and a gaping hole where a plot should be. It didn't take long for me to realize just how wrong I was.      The film's biggest surprise for me was Owen Wilson's performance. I've always been a big fan of Wilson's humor and the unorthodox demeanor he brings to each character. He is a funny dude and that's all I've ever expected …
review by . January 12, 2009
Film based on John Grogan's best selling book
Marley and me is based on the best selling book by John Grogan about a golden lab he purchased to try and fill the need his wife feels for having a baby. The star are Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston...but the real star of the show is Marley...named after the legendary artist Bob Marley. From the moment they get Marley, the world's worst dog, his incorrigible behavior becomes apparent. His first night with his new family and Marley destroys the garage...his master's bedroom...and part of the car. …
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Marley & Me is a 2008 American dramedy film directed by David Frankel. The screenplay by Scott Frank and Don Roos is based on the memoir of the same title by John Grogan. The film was released in the United States and Canada on December 25, 2008 and set a record for the largest Christmas Day box office ever with $14.75 million in ticket sales.

Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 03/31/2009 Run time: 110 minutes Rating: Pg
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Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
Runtime: 115 minutes
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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