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Marley & Me

A 2008 movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

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I Bawled...But I Laughed, Too.

  • Apr 14, 2009
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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 at Hallmark and coffee commercials along with a thousand movies. It's so bad that my family watches me for entertainment during sad scenes.

Marley and Me were never meant to be. But on Monday, a friend invited a few of us over for her birthday. Her movie of choice? Yeah. You guessed it.

I sobbed. Not even going to try to downplay the sad. My eyes were swollen for at least an hour after the movie ended. I didn't just cry at the end, I was leaking from the mid-point. I'm not even a natural dog person. That said, I like Marley and Me. I liked it because it didn't rely on just cheap "cute" pet shots to win over the viewers, instead it was a nicely fleshed out character piece. The Grogan's struggled with life in quite a few scenes and I was there with them. I didn't grow as attached to Marley as I might have, and this is a good thing, any more attached and it would have been too, too sad, because the filming covered about a dozen years in highlights.

Some of the scenes were hysterical. Some also hit a little close to home. Alan Arkin cracks me up. I love his delivery. Only one caution...I watched this film with an eleven year-old and cringed a few times. The language is mild, but there is some. The situations are PG-to PG-13, but there are a few uncomfortable moments, especially with a child in the room. So, parents, don't assume this is G-rated Disney family friendly. If you are concerned, check it out first.

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April 23, 2009
Yeah, I would. It's sweet and funny...but....
 
April 14, 2009
I never would've imagined that Marley & Me would bring on the waterworks and have kid-awkward moments. It looks like a happy-go-lucky kids' movie! Guess I'll just have to see for myself :)
 
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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 . 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
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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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