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Marley & Me

A 2008 movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

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Not a kid's movie, but a wonderful film about family!

  • Feb 6, 2009
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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 or wanted from him as an actor. The few roles he has pursued outside of this box have only proven my perception (Behind Enemy Lines comes to mind). Owen Wilson is just a funny guy only capable of portraying funny characters right? Wrong!!! This performance is not only surprisingly good, but it's one of the most heartfelt and sincere performances I've seen in a long time.

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston certainly carry a certain star powered aura around them, but their chemistry really makes you forget their larger than life status. Much of this film deals with the highs and lows of marriage and their performances really bring a sense of relevancy to the story. Whether they are dreamily gazing into each other's eyes or tearing at each other's throats, Wilson and Aniston are incredibly convincing throughout this film.

Let's not forget the star of the film, Marley himself. Director David Frankel does a masterful job of exploring both the joys and nightmares of being a dog owner. There were over forty different dogs used to portray Marley in various stages of his life and not once is it obvious. As the Grogan's family grows, Marley is there every step of the way. Although the kids are only in the film for a short time, their interactions with Marley bring us some of the most memorable and touching scenes.

Marley & Me connected with me more than most films and I suspect it's because the story is so familiar. Like the Grogan's, my wife and I adopted a Lab early in our marriage and our lives have truly never been the same. So many of the scenes with Marley, whether he was tearing up furniture or snuggling next to the kids in bed, reminded me of my own dog who has become such an important part of our family. I'm not ashamed to admit that during the last fifteen minutes of the film I cried along with my wife as the Grogan family experienced the bittersweet moment all pet owners face. While this movie certainly made me love and appreciate my dog more, it also reminded me of the beauty and blessing of family.

Make no mistake about it, Marley & Me is not another kids' movie about a mischievous dog. Indeed, I would urgently warn parents that this movie may not be suitable for some children as many of the scenes are very intense and quite true to life. However, this is a wonderful film about the ups and downs of life and the loved ones who make it worth living. I cannot recommend it more.

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February 06, 2009
Definitely much more than a pet movie. Worth checking out!
February 06, 2009
This sounds so convincing! I'm not a fan of pet movies, but I just might consider renting this. Thanks for sharing!
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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 …
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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!
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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 . January 12, 2009
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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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