Marley and Me

2009-03-26 08:49
 

What it’s about:

Journalist John Grogan (Owen Wilson) and his wife Jennifer (Jennifer Aniston) move to Florida to start their new life. To keep Jennifer’s broodiness at bay, John decides to buy a puppy. While Marley seems utterly cute and cuddly at the outset, this fur ball turns into a boisterous, neurotic dog that wreaks havoc wherever he goes. As their family grows, John and Jen begin to wonder if there’s still space for Marley.


What we thought of it:

We are so often bombarded with fairy tale, picture perfect films that we are almost conditioned to expect the happy endings. And when we do, we feel cheated because it was 'predictable'. What a fickle audience we are...

Marley & Me is a true story based on the bestselling book of the same name by journalist John Grogan about his first-hand accounts with what he thought was the worst dog in the world. There are no "that would never happen in real life" moments. It’s more like "I hope I never have a dog like that!"

What makes this movie so endearing is that it portrays a really ordinary family life with an extraordinary dog. They drive a jalopy, they hose dog poop in search of eaten valuables and have to deal with increasing violence in their not-so-posh neighbourhood. Yet, in the midst of all this ordinariness, Marley surprises them day in and day out with his unwavering love – for them and all things chewable and chaseable.

Owen Wilson steps out of his frat-boy comedy box to play a responsible family man who’s just a little lost. It’s refreshing to see another side of his personality, and he portrays John with a delicate sensitivity. However, maybe because of his frat-boy track record, you’re always waiting for him to do something ridiculous. Instead, he’s picking up the pieces in the wake of Marley’s antics.

Jennifer Aniston is a little unconvincing as his doting wife. You just can’t imagine Aniston changing nappies and being a housewife. And to still look like a supermodel after three kids is just unfair, never mind unbelievable! But you can forgive her for all that because she puts up with the hellhound dog.

If you were hoping to convince your better half to get a puppy by watching this movie, it’s not going to work. As sweet as the sentiments are, it’s clear that looking after a pet is as exhausting as raising a family. But for the right dog, it’s worth all the trouble.



The world’s worst dog chews and howls his way into the hearts of Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in this touching love letter to canine craziness.

Hayley Atkinson 2009/03/19 6:25 PM
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Feel good movie
CJ 2009/03/20 4:23 AM
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I sobbed my eyes out during this movie - take loads of tissues! Anyone who has ever owned a dog will walk out of there with big red puffy eyes! Not really a movie for the boys.
Nic the Greek 2009/03/20 7:39 AM
Read the book first and then desperately want to go and watch the movie. If the book is anything to go by the movie will be awesome and sad.
taurus 2009/03/20 7:41 AM
Didn't see the movie but read the book and what a load of dog pooh. It's not a case of the worst dog, but the worst owners. Was so disgusted I won't even try the movie even though I love Owen. Offset by my loathing of Jennifer.
RJ 2009/03/20 8:39 AM
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Easy now Taurus! Bad morning so far? Wrong side of bed?
Nicky 2009/03/20 8:41 AM
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Have read the book and absolutely loved it. Have been waiting to go see the movie since I heard they where going to make it. Going to watch it tonight! Most people think owning a dog is easy and do not realise the responsability that goes hand in hand. even the most untrainable dog can be loving and giving if you give them the love and atention they need. Deciding to keep a dog is a long term commitment and hard work.
Greg 2009/03/20 8:48 AM
I loved the book ... hope the movie is as good!
vera 2009/03/20 9:05 AM
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Read the book and loved it. cant wait to see the movie. This is real live. Hope that this will be a lesson for people to see that you adopt a pet for live through love, health,sickness and bad times.
Devashni 2009/03/20 9:18 AM
Loved the book. Can't wait to watch the movie but not looking forward to the ending and the tears it is sure to bring!
taurus 2009/03/20 10:20 AM
RJ, neither, I assure you. But people like Grogan should be banned from even having a dog. He got it for all the wrong reasons, didn't bother to educate himself beforehand on how to keep one and then labels the poor animal the world's worst dog. A lab, of all breeds! Jeez.
preshen govender 2009/03/23 8:25 AM
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If you want love buy a puppy
Tania 2009/03/29 8:12 PM
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The movie was really well played - had me crying buckets
talischer 2009/04/03 1:32 PM
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it is nice Ilike it
Jese 2009/04/09 10:49 AM
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saw the movie - awesome!the end sucks
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