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The lessons Marley teaches the Grogans are many, and begin even before the pup is adopted by the couple. Adding Marley to their household is intended, at first, as a kind of entryway into the world of parenthood. John is not certain he's yet up to the task of being a dad, and still envies the freewheeling lifestyle of his unmarried friend Sebastian.
Comedy - Despite the marketing campaign, this isn't a light animal comedy for
the whole family, but a far more serious-minded and mature film about
a couple becoming a family, featuring a dog. That said, there isn't
too much objectionable content, and there are a number of dog gags;
young children may very well be bored, and the ending may be
upsetting to them.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Marley & Me is a crowd-pleaser, and deservedly so. It's an enjoyable and unpretentious perspective of life that reminds us how important and rewarding the little things can be.
Roger EbertFull Review Good This may be the first family film I've seen that will frighten more adults than children.
USA TodayFull Review Average Marley & Me might be easy to watch, but — even for die-hard canine lovers — it's as easy to forget.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 226 moviegoers:
All ages, both males and females, LOVED "MARLEY & ME." It's obviously a
Great Family Movie, but it's also a great date movie since adults
enjoyed it as much as the kids. Very Highly Recommended!
As the snow falls on their wedding night, newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan (OWEN WILSON and JENNIFER ANISTON) decide to leave behind the harsh winters of Michigan and head south to begin their new lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. They obtain jobs as journalists at competing local newspapers, buy their first home, and begin to make their way through the challenges of a new marriage, new careers and, possibly, the life-changing decision to start a family.
Unsure of his preparedness for raising children, John confesses his fears to his friend and fellow journalist Sebastian, who comes up with the perfect solution: John should get Jenny a puppy. "There's nothing to it," says Sebastian. "You walk 'em. You feed 'em, you let 'em out now and then."
Then came Marley.
The Grogans adopt the cute, twelve pound yellow Labrador, who in no time at all, grows into a 100-pound steamroller of unbridled energy that turns the Grogan home into a disaster area. He flunks obedience school, chews off dry-wall, takes a bite out of the sofa, overturns garbage cans, steals a Thanksgiving turkey, consumes pillows and flowers, drinks toilet water, and chases the UPS guy. Even a newly-purchased, expensive necklace isn't safe from Marley's voracious antics.
Amidst the mayhem he generates through the years, Marley sees the Grogans through the ups and downs of family life, through job and home changes, and most of all, through the myriad challenges of a growing family. As John and Jenny come to realize, Marley - "the world's worst dog" - somehow brings out the best in them.