Marley & Me Movie Reviews

Marley & Me

Marley & Me

Release Date: Dec 25, 2008

Genre: Comedy

Rating: (PG)

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  • 3
    Fine date movie for the doggie set and beyond. If you get sucked into the story of a man and his dog, I guess it could seem deep. But really it’s just a bit of holiday-season entertainment that passes the time—you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, etc., etc. Owen Wilson isn’t his typical wacky self as the reluctant family man who nearly goes insane trying to deal with his two big relationships: Jennifer Aniston and Marley. Happens to the best of us. But of course, all the challenges have a big payoff. Don't know if that's exactly true of the movie, but with good performances and some surprises, there's not much to complain about, either.
  • 3
    “Marley and Me” is an interesting movie: you’d think it be a must-see for dog lovers, and maybe a pass for the rest of us. But with its completely brutal look at life as a dog owner, it’ll make anyone who prefers cats feel pretty lucky. At the same time, though, it really does capture the bond we feel with our pets, and it’ll definitely make dog aficionados ooh and aah in all the right places.

    Owen Wilson plays John Grogan (who wrote the book about his own experiences on which the film is based), and Jennifer Aniston plays his wife. They adopt Marley to be sort of their surrogate child, but he turns out to be the child from hell. However, when he’s not ripping their house apart, he’s often holding their lives together, so in the end it’s hard to imagine their relationship without him.

    I don’t want to spoil the ending, but wow, I was not expecting it. It makes you look at the rest of the film in a whole different light, for sure. If you ever had a dog you were close to, “Marley and Me” is likely to hit you where you live.
  • 4
    I read the book and found it to be overly sappy stuff, but in the hands of the man who directed “The Devil Wears Prada,” David Frankel, “Marley and Me” actually has a bit of an edge. It could have been very cheesy, but ultimately it’s an intelligent look at what love really has to do with it. Yeah, it’s obviously about a bad dog—the bad dog to end all bad dogs—but it’s Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as the couple who adopt him that make this movie matter. Watching what they go through dealing with Marley and each other was a lot more intense than reading about what the real-life owners went through, for some reason. And the ending was hard to take. And yet this is still a feel-good movie, even when you end up feeling bad. It’s not just a barrage of dog stunts or “Beethoven” type gags, either. Instead, “Marley and Me” takes a hard look at what people go through and give up to start a family, and it has a lot of funny moments from Alan Arkin as Wilson’s boss. I thought this would be a total chick flick, but ended up liking it a lot. Funny, same thing happened with “The Devil Wears Prada.”

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