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Marley & Me
     

Marley & Me

4.3 73
Director: David Frankel

Cast: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

 

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Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston go to the dogs with Marley & Me, a tale of a couple embarking on the adventure of marriage, career, family, and the world's worst dog. At least that's how writer and newlywed John comes to describe his blonde lab, Marley, when he takes the puppy home and finds that

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Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston go to the dogs with Marley & Me, a tale of a couple embarking on the adventure of marriage, career, family, and the world's worst dog. At least that's how writer and newlywed John comes to describe his blonde lab, Marley, when he takes the puppy home and finds that the fluff-ball has an uncanny ability to eat and/or destroy just about anything. As years go by, John and his wife, Jennifer, contemplate having babies and moving across the country, while Marley grows into 100 lbs. of funny, wild, completely untrainable canine companionship -- as well as one of the most important people in the family. Marley & Me is based on the best-selling autobiographical book by columnist John Grogan.

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As a modest little dramedy about the everyday adventures of starting a family, Marley & Me is pretty solid, but as a movie about the joy and heartbreak of owning a dog, it goes straight for the jugular. Based on the autobiographical book by columnist John Grogan, the story effectively begins with newlyweds John and Jennifer (played Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) adopting the titular blonde lab puppy as a sort of precursor to having kids. Marley soon grows into a wacky, 95 lb. canine wrecking ball, and serves as the constant in their lives as they navigate the waters of buying houses, having babies, choosing career paths, and (of course) accidentally discovering the meaning of life. (Hint: It was there all along!) Movies that make a big deal out of celebrating the mundane, and try to make every husband, wife, and parent feel like the heroes of their own epic little saga are a dime a dozen these days, but Marley & Me avoids a fate of sappy, generic mediocrity with three little words: the dog angle. As animal lovers the world over will attest, there's nothing quite like the relationship between a person and a pet, and by evoking that distinct alchemic bond whenever things are about to turn stale, the film stays fresh, funny, and very touching. The movie as a whole may fall short of classic status, even by humble standards, but all the material that directly involves Marley is genuinely amusing and sweet. It nails all the particulars about the things dogs do and the things dog owners do, which is why it scarcely needs to be said that the subset of viewers likely to get the most out of the movie are dog people. But be warned: a dog-loving disposition will assure you'll get the most enjoyment out of Marley & Me, but the same affection will also assure you'll get the maximum pain. It's no secret that the film follows Marley's life with his family from beginning to (bring the tissues) end, and that inevitable, poignant conclusion is just as brutally excruciating as it sounds. And by excruciating, I mean that the final 20 minutes could easily reduce a room full of jaded film critics (all hypothetical, of course) to a blubbering collection of audible sobs and sniffles. In the end, this is Marley & Me's litmus test: if the very idea of a flashback montage looking back to puppyhood makes you want to weep, then this is the movie for you. All others can skip this one, and wait for a cat movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
UPC:
0024543574842
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
8,835

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Gag reel

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Owen Wilson John Grogan
Jennifer Aniston Jenny Grogan
Eric Dane Sebastian
Alan Arkin Arnie Klein
Kathleen Turner Mrs. Kornblut
Nathan Gamble Patrick (Age 10)
Haley Bennett Lisa
Ann Dowd Dr. Platt
Clarke Peters Editor
Finley Jacobsen Conor (Age 8)
Lucy Merriam Colleen (Age 5)
Bryce Robinson Patrick (Age 7)
Ben Hyland Conor (Age 5)

Technical Credits
David Frankel Director
Florian Ballhaus Cinematographer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Stephen Lee Davis Asst. Director
Cindy Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Mark Livolsi Editor
Julia Michels Musical Direction/Supervision
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Gil Netter Producer
Don Roos Screenwriter
Karen Rosenfelt Producer
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Margery Simkin Casting
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Marley & Me
1. The World's Worst Dog (Main Titles) [3:49]
2. The Job Interview [2:36]
3. Get a Dog [3:46]
4. The Clearance Puppy [1:50]
5. Marley & Me [3:52]
6. One Little Dog Did That [1:50]
7. The Chick Magnet [3:02]
8. A Columnist [1:58]
9. The Dog Trainer [3:20]
10. A Little Air [1:43]
11. The Column and the Canine [4:24]
12. Next on the List [6:12]
13. The Recycled Necklace [1:44]
14. These Things Happen [3:57]
15. Debby and the Dog [2:23]
16. The Luck of the Irish [3:25]
17. Meet Patrick [4:43]
18. Trouble on the Block [2:24]
19. The Safest Neighborhood [3:48]
20. Problems at Home [5:20]
21. A Horrible Animal [3:54]
22. No Regrets [2:13]
23. Forty [2:57]
24. Off the Leash [2:46]
25. The Birthday Present [3:43]
26. A New Life [5:45]
27. The Trouble With Marley [4:08]
28. The Strong One [5:56]
29. No Better [2:29]
30. A Great Dog [3:56]
31. Rare Pure and Special [4:23]
32. End Titles [3:40]

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Marley & Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure why this movie got such a bad rating. I'm guessing because people didn't read the book first and weren't expecting the emotional ending. Maybe? I don't know. I, personally, did read the book beforehand, and what caught my attention during the movie was how well the book had been adapted for the screen. All the important details were present, and a variety of techniques were used to gloss over the events that weren't necessarily important to the narrative, but were just too funny to leave out. I thought this was a very well-made movie, and it deserves better than the 2 1/2 stars it holds as of this writing. Wilson and Aniston deliver wonderful, heartfelt performances, and the dogs playing Marley exhibit different qualities at different stages of his life, while still keeping his exuberance and (oftentimes) overzealousness for life. In my opinion, this was one of the few movies that lived up to the book. Both come highly recommended (especially to all you dog-lovers out there!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great film! The first half of the film is entertaining, but it's not until the second half that Marley & Me starts to morph into an engrossing and downright moving piece of work. The movie's final half hour packed a far greater emotional punch than I anticipated.To me this film is up their with other film's such as Old Yeller, and My Dog Skip!
GabyGarbo More than 1 year ago
Terrific film. Every bit as good as John Grogan's book!
SunflowersPA More than 1 year ago
Such a sad movie in the end, overall a funny movie that expresses what all people go through, "life". Marley is a great dog! This movie provokes emotions, it's happy, funny, serious and of course sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the book but then how could it be. Great movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This film is nearly as great as the book, it has great performances, and has a mix of drama, comedy, and romance here and there, you will love it! The best family film of 2008.
NY_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
This was a one-shot success story from Mr. Groban because hey - who can't relate to a dog story? It just doesn't play out well on film. Jennifer Aniston comes off shrill, and I kept looking for Owen Wilson's wrist scars. Mr. Wilson has 1 acting mode, and that mode played out 3 movies ago. SPOILER ALERT! The dog dies in the end.
JosephusBrooks More than 1 year ago
I heard it has a sad ending.
J.R._BookWorm More than 1 year ago
I don't know why but I just don't want to see it... My cuz told me what happens and well I was like, 'wow, that's...wow...' Now I can't say what happens but lets just say my cuz cryed...she didn't say if she cryed cus she was happy or sad So yeah...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend it.
Great-star More than 1 year ago
I read the book first (long before they mentioned a movie), and I fell in love with it immediately. I was very excited when I heard they were making a movie from it, but missed it in theaters. I bought the movie knowing I would like it. And I did and do. But I did not love it. What I was afraid of happened...they were unable to fully bring out the sweet humour from the book into the movie. Many of the funnier scenes from the book were contrived and too staged. It would be impossible to completely convey the emotions of the book, but it is still a very enjoyable movie...funny and sad. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston do the best job they can with the script, although their is no chemistry between the two actors. They are still great comedic actors with plenty of charm. And the dogs are wonderful...how could you not fall in love?
Joanne60 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie very much, however I did know that at the end Marley dies of old age, however i would still reccommend this movie to friends and family
honeywinkles1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie that was very true to the book it is based on. Anyone who owns a pet will understand the bond and love that pet brings. This movie really highlights what special family members our pets are. Funny and touching, a great way to spend a couple of hours
TwilightHarryPotterfan More than 1 year ago
This is a really good movie and this movie made me cry. Little bit of langue for any parant who hs kids that are young but, over all it was an amazing book.
Scoob More than 1 year ago
This was a great Movie for the Dog Lover at Heart, but also a very emotional movie for the Dog Lover at Heart.
MaryEnfinger More than 1 year ago
I am a huge dog lover, this is an inspirational and emotional movie. I read the book before seeing the movie, and found the picture extremely well done. I knew about the ending, but I still cried. It also reminded me of Benny, Jesse, and Mandy and the happy times we had. This is a must read and see for all you dog lovers out there. Mary Enfinger
ThomasDC More than 1 year ago
I wrote a review when this first came out on DVD which some people felt I spoiled the plot. Now, I see there are other reviews for this DVD which also spoil the plot but they have not been removed. Let me say this... 1. This was a wonderful book, heartfelt and touching. For anyone who has losta beloved pet, it will move you to tears 2. Children under the age of 6 SHOULD NOT see this movie, the ending is too disturbing 3. The Director (who also did Devil Wears Prada) does the end of the book a diservice the way he "abruptly" ends the movie...roll credits. In all my years with B&N I have never seen so many reviews removed for one movie. Let's face it, most people who see this moviehave read the book and knows what happens.
GrandmaSmile More than 1 year ago
I had read the book first and loved it. Considering they only had 2 hours to tell all the fun mischief that Marley got into I think they did a pretty great job. Great movie when you need a good laugh and cry. The Book is better. :)
Mistymom More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the movie mainly because it brought back such fond memories of the big dogs I have had. Yes, they drool, tear things up, fail obedience school, etc., all the bad things so lovingly portrayed in the movie. But they also have a great capacity for loving and protecting and when you lose them, there is a gaping hole in your heart. I did not like Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as the leads...they detracted rather than added to the movie. The movie made me cry at the end but it was a good cry, not because of the movie but based on my wonderful memories of Bandit, Max and Miss Amy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first herd of Marley & Me i thought that it was going to be another film about a dog and his master, but when i saw the film i was totally amazed. This great movie is not just about a dog and his master and how close they become, it's about how important any type of animal can be to a family in a ruff time in their life. But really Marley & Me is a heart felt movie that is great to see with your loved ones.
Lauren7 More than 1 year ago
im not going to say anything because you need to watch the movie your selfs...its mt favorite movie
marross65 More than 1 year ago
"Marley and Me," is a wonderful tribute to man's bestfriend. A very touching and moving film that's fun for the entire family. This film has a deeper meaning as it guides one to realize just how precious life is and how fast life moves.
cheer_girl101 More than 1 year ago
Marley and me is one of my favorite movies. I cried at the end. I recommend it to all dog lovers.
ShakespeareInLove More than 1 year ago
I wished I would have read the book first...I didn't like the movie at all, the beginning was hilarious. I believe this movie can be traumatizing for children, as I went to bed with an awful rememberance...don't want to see this movie ever again. I wished that it would have ended more happily, like the movie Turner & Hooch...where life begins all over again and we are left with a happy feeling.