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Marley & Me

A 2008 movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

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  • Dec 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 writers, who have begun life together. What they hadn't planned for was Marley or more appropriately Marley's behavior.

As much of the world now knows Marley truly was John Grogan's dog and the subject of his mega selling 2005 memoir. Marley cannot ever be confused with Lassie. Minding was not in this canine's vocabulary while he certainly understood consuming uneatable objects, pawing strangers, and swiping a Thanksgiving turkey. What Marley does have is a huge heart and boundless love.

Marley & Me" is so much more than a movie about a lovable canine, it's the story of a family - how they grew together, their celebrations and their griefs. It's also a tale sure to provoke both laughter and tears. So, bring a box of tissue for the closing scenes.

Jennifer Aniston is pretty as ever in a not too demanding role; although you've seen him do it before Alan Arkin does grumpiness well as a newspaper editor. The prize goes to Owen Wilson who gives an extremely affecting performance.

Marley & Me opened in our town on Christmas Day - what a gift it is! Don't miss it.

     - Gail Cooke
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June 20, 2009
This was such a cute and touching movie. I saw it while flying (big mistake!) and the end had me scrounging for tissues and pretending that I wasn't totally choked up. Are you a fan of other Jennifer Aniston or Owen Wilson movies?
May 14, 2009
Nothing can get in as much trouble as a Lab can--at least in the canine world. My brother had a puppy named George who liked to gnaw on electrical cords. One day he decided to pee on one of the cords on which he had been gnawing, unfortunately for George the lamp was turned on at the time.  Good thing for us that he did because his yelping alerted us to a dangerously exposed wire!
December 26, 2008
Hi Stephanie, You're right there are several good movies now - I'm looking forward to Doubt. Yes, I did read the book and thought it was wonderful. That was several years ago, so I was more than ready for the movie. Can't really say whether you should read the book before seeing the movie - do think you'd enjoy both.
December 26, 2008
Hey Amanda, I was hoping to share my popcorn (extra butter) with you. ;-)
December 26, 2008
I just KNEW you'd be in line to see this :)
December 26, 2008
Wow!! Already saw it??!!! yeah, we couldn't decide what to watch today!! sooo may good movies coming out...but this is def on my to watch list. Did you read the book? Should I read it before watching it?
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review by . November 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.  …
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 . 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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