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Marley and Me is a film that follows the life of a dog called Marley, from a puppy to the day he dies. I've always liked animal films and films with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in are usually decent so I hoped this film would be good and I wasn't disappointed.
Marley and Me classed as a comedy and, for this reason, I was rather surprised at how sad some moments were. The film follows the dogs life through the good and the bad and is realistic. It shows how cheeky he is as a puppy and how much trouble he is growing up, which is very funny to watch. However, as most dogs do, he calms down a little as he gets older. You can't help but love Marley.
The story starts with Jenny and John and their life. It shows how their relationship changes and starts to become more serious. Not yet wanting kids John decides a dog is the better option and that's when they get Marley. John decides to get Jenny a puppy so he takes her to go look at some and Marley is the one she chooses. It's not long before the puppy starts causing problems and it seems training him is going nowhere.
It is clear that life with a puppy is harder than the couple thought and it becomes even harder when Jenny becomes pregnant. As time goes on the couple have more kids and move house. The main focus is on the dog, but you see the challenges that the whole family have to go through.
John and Jenny are the main characters, played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. These two give a very believable performance as couple and you can see they both get on well with the dogs who play Marley.
Marley is played by various dogs. All the dogs are very well trained, although you can tell Marley is played by different dogs if you look closer. Obviously you'd expect different dogs as he ages but there are also different dogs used during other times due to the tricks Marley had to do. However, it's amusing to watch all the trouble Marley causes.
The children in the film are also great and it's easy to believe they are a family. You don't really get to see a great deal of their lives, but you can see that they really love the dog.
This DVD has a lot of extras, all of which are interesting to watch.
Overall this is a great film. It has many funny moments and some sad moments, but it'll keep you entertained throughout. If you have a dog you'll also probably feel rather sorry for the characters at times and laugh because your dog does the same (even if it's not funny when your dog is doing it). Highly recommended.
About the film
Marley and Me is a comedy/ drama film that was released in 2008. It has a run time of 121 minutes and is rated PG. The film is also based on the book of the same name by John Grogan.
After getting married, John and Jennifer Grogan decide to move to Florida. With the couple's jobs as newspaper writers not being as good as they could be, Jennifer decides that she wants a baby. Instead of giving Jennifer what she wants, husband John gets her a puppy instead. Marley, a cute and cuddly golden Labrador seems to be a great addition to the family until he grows into a 100 pound, fully grown dog. Marley's antics provide great writing for John's column but when he and Jennifer finally do have a family on their own, they realise an un-trainable dog might not be the best thing for them.
Owen Wilson as Johnny "John" Grogan
Jennifer Aniston as Jennifer "Jenny" "Jen" Grogan
Eric Dane as Sebastian Tunney
Alan Arkin as Arnie Klein
Haley Hudson as Debbie
Haley Bennett as Lisa
Kathleen Turner as Ms. Kornblut
What I thought
For so long I have been putting off watching this film because I already knew how it ended. A few weeks ago though it was on TV and there wasn't really anything else to watch.
Playing the lead roles of John and Jennifer are Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. At the beginning of the film we get to know them as a couple and also what each of them wants separately. John wants to be taken seriously as a journalist at some point while Jennifer is getting broody soon after the wedding and wants to start a family. Wilson and Aniston are really great together on screen and make a fun and cute couple. I wouldn't say there is an awful lot of chemistry between them in the romance department though but this is a family film so it doesn't matter too much. They do make good best friends though and it is clear how much they rely on each other.
Out of the two main leads, it would be hard to say which one was better. While Owen shows a love and friendship with Marley, Aniston has some quite big issues to deal with throughout the film. Both actors do much better than I thought they would in regards to really emotional scenes or topics which is why I can't decide who I liked the most in this film. Also, over the course of their relationship, both characters change a lot so we get to see a lot of growth and development in the characters which both actors portrayed really well.
Marley and Me doesn't have the most exciting plot but instead, it tells the story of a young couple and their family. John has a wonderful relationship with Marley from the moment he buys the dog for Jennifer. It isn't long after the couple get Marley that they realise he is going to be a handful. He's impossible to train, doesn't listen and pretty much does whatever he wants and eats whatever he wants. As a columnist, John uses all of the bad and funny things Marley does in his writing - which proves to be very popular with his readers. While Jennifer wants Marley to be a more well behaved dog, John accepts that Marley will always be a bit unruly. I really loved watching the relationships between John/ Jennifer and Marley. It was also really interesting to see how feelings changed after the couple started a family and how having children as well as a crazy dog affected the couple's relationship.
Marley and Me is a great family film which is fun for everyone but it also has more serious aspects to it for the adults watching. There is plenty of comedy moments throughout this film due to the way in which Marley acts and the things he gets up to. Marley and Me was extremely heart-warming and I loved (nearly) every minute of it.
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Woah! £2.99?? That HAS gone down in price.
This film is one of my guilty pleasure; it so cheesy and predictable but easy viewing with some very funny moments. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson (save his nose which seems to have a life of its own) are very predictable in their roles, buts its the dog that steals the show.
Basically, if you have never had a pet dog, don't watch the film. You wont understand it and will no doubt cringe the whole way through. That said, if you HAVE ever had a pet dog, you know what happens when you have to say goodbye and that is what this film does so well. I am a guy. I WAS IN PIECES!! Its such an obvious yet emotional thing to write about because the outcome is pretty much the same for any dog owner so there is instantly that connection that so many viewers can relate to.
I would say one thing; the movie does grag on a little bit and is incredibly far fetched in terms of, the dog aside, how easy their lives seem to map out. I mean, after watching that film I sure as hell would love the career of Owen Wilson's character.
So yes, its a sweet film, funny, cheesy, predictable and was never going to win an award. But
its got something about it many families can relate to and it tells a very common story in a nice way
Marley & Me - Film Only Review.
A few years ago, a lot of my friends went to the cinemas to watch Marley & Me, and nearly all of them came back saying it was brilliant, and I decided it was time I watched it too. I am a dog lover so this film appealed to me a lot. I got it from ASDA, I think it was about £10 when I got it about a few years ago. But I've looked on ASDA and you can now get it for £3.93, what a bargain!
So basically John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston) have just got married, Jenny would like kids, but John thinks it is too soon for them to have children. So his best friend Sebastian (Eric Dane) persuades him to just get a dog instead for now, as it will keep Jenny busy. So as a surprise for Jenny, John gets her Marley, a cute Labrador puppy. The rest of the film shows Marley's life, from the good times to the bad, the funny times to the sad! John and Jenny soon realise that looking after a dog, isn't as easy as it looks.
Although the plot might sound boring to you, it did keep me entertained throughout the film. it is such a believable storyline and all though it isn't an action packed movie like some of the films you can get that aren't really believable, it is a heart warming funny film, that you can actually relate to, especially dog owners! It's strange how such a simple storyline, can keep you entertained and make you feel so many different emotions!
I think that there were not really any bad actors or actresses in this film, but the good ones that stood out for me were:
Owen Wilson (John Grogan) - I had never seen many films with Owen Wilson in before Marley and Me. But he really was a great actor in this film. I thought he fitted the part of John Grogan brilliantly, and you could really see the bond between him and Marley throughout the film.
Jennifer Aniston (Jenny Grogan) - I am a big fan of Jennifer Anniston, I watch 'friends' all the time, and I also love many other films she's in, and she certainly didn't let me down in this one! She fitted the part perfectly, and played all the parts of the role brilliantly, especially the emotional parts. I also think that her and Owen Wilson went with each other brilliantly in this film.
Eric Dane (Sebastian) - I loved loved loved this character so much! He was really funny, and was the typical 'ladies guy'. I had never really heard of Eric Dane before this film, but he was brilliant at playing Sebastian, and I think he looked like what the character should look like as well.
Alan Arkin (Arnie Klein - John Grogan's boss) - this was yet again another actor who played his role brilliantly. The character, Arnie, is a very serious character yet he is so funny. He made me laugh a lot, and made my mum laugh even more! Alan Arkin played Arnie wonderfully.
I decided to write a review about Marley and Me, as it was on telly Sunday night, and I remembered how good it really is. I have seen Marley and Me a lot of times, and I still cry every single time. If you have ever owned a dog, then I especially recommend this film to you, you might enjoy it more if you are an animal lover as you can relate to the film. Marley & Me is a film that brings happiness, laughs, and tears all in 2 hours.
The film called Marley and Me is about the family of John and Jennifer Grogan who have just moved to Florida. Jennifer wants to have a baby but John doesn't want to be a father yet so he buys her a puppy hoping that she will accept this in place of a baby. But what he doesn't realise is that the lovely cute pup has endless bounds of energy and John finds it hard to manage with him.
As Marley grows up he doesn't lose his energy levels and is always getting into some kind of scrap. The couple start to have children and the family grows and Marley finds himself as a permanent part of this home.
The story continues to show you how John and Jennifer cope with having this loveable dog that never seems to be able to learn self-dicipline throughout the dogs life.
I found the story very loving. funny and extremely moving. Having had two dogs my self I saw so much of both of them in Marley, it was just so true to life, I could really relate to what they family were going through.
I watched this film with my niece and she loved the film too and couldn't stop laughing, but it was me who ended up in tears after the film finished so if you are going to watch this film have a box of tissues at hand. My other half watched this film on his own and said it made him cry too especially as we lost one of our dogs (Rufus) last year and a lot of this film made him think of how Rufus had been during his life time and how he was an important part of our family.
Owen Wilson plays the part of John Grogan and Jennifer Aniston plays his wife Jennifer. I am not a great fan of Jennifer Aniston but she was brilliant in this part.
I would highly recommend this film to anyone but especially to anyone who has ever owned a dog as you will really relate to what is going on in the film.
Marley and Me is based on the memoir written by John Grogan and will touch any person with a heart!
The film stars Owen Wilson (John Grogan) and Jennifer Aniston (Jenny Grogan) who play the original John and Jenny Grogan and they have managed to turn a memoir into a very successful film.
After John and Jenny get married, they decide to up sticks and move from Michigan to Florida. They both get jobs working at different newspapers and settle into their newly married lifestyle.
When Jenny starts hinting at wanting to start a family, John's best friend Sebastian (Eric Dane) suggests distracting her with a dog and they go and adopt a labrador puppy 'Marley'. Then the comedy starts... We watch John and Jenny's attempt at training and raising the puppy and there are some exceptionally comedic moments.
As the film is based on Marley's lifespan, the film stretches over a 13 year period, and we see John's, Jenny's and Marley's lives continue. As Marley continues growing up, John starts to write about Marley's antics in his newspaper column, and it becomes an instant hit.
What I love about this film is that it is based on a normal family, living a normal life, and nothing particularly dramatic happens. We see their family develop and the high points and low points of their relationship. It shows events that happen to the majority of people in live and it almost puts the events of the average life into perspective.
Of course Marley contributes significantly in the film and although his physical size matures, his behavioural maturity remains the same (like a puppy, just like my Springer Spaniel!)
For dog lovers in particular, you will LOVE this film, and you will definitely need your tissues!!
After having seen this in the adverts many times, I didnt really know what to think of it. I like Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson as seperate actors so it was nice to see what they would work like in a team.
Marley & Me was released with a PG rating in 2008 and directed by David Frankel. This romantic comedy stars a couple known as John (Wilson) and Jennifer (Aniston) who are great together, both got great careers and have just moved in with each other. The obvious thing to do next is to have a baby, but John doesnt quite feel ready yet so decides to get Jennifer a puppy. They end up calling the puppy Marley, named after Bob Marley when listening to his music. In the film you see the journey of the couple and the mischievious Marley. You see how life goes with the addition and other things that get thrown their way.
This is a heart warming story with comedic bits thrown in to keep in the theme with genre. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson do a great job in portraying their characters on screen and I could not imagine any other 2 actors who could have done a better job. The dog does a brilliant job of being a hazardous pet and he makes about 90% of the film funny.
The storyline isnt the best that I have seen but it works. The film is believeable and is a little on the safe side with no really dramatic or shocking parts to it.
Overall I did enjoy this film and would watch it again but only if there was nothing better on. Dont get me wrong but it is a good film, I think that I need alot of energy to watch it as it does get boring and predictable in some parts.
If you like romantic comedies and films with dogs in, then this could be for you. The best bit about this film are the main actors - Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and the adoreable dog (in all ages).
'Marley & Me' was recommended to me both by my dad and by a friend. My dad told me that he loved it and that Marley was an amazing dog, which didn't really appeal to me as a good film to watch. My friend had also told me that she cried whilst watching it as it is a sad film, however she also really enjoyed it. This led me to watch it myself and after watching the whole film i thought that it was really good and am glad that i now watched it. It is about a couple, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston who are recently married, and decide to buy a puppy, Marley. However Marley is a troublemaker, and according to the woman who trains dogs, is 'the worst dog in the world'!
Owen and Jennifer then decide to have children, resulting in Jennifer quitting her job to look after them, and Owen taking a pay-rise for a full-time Columnist. This switch is too much for Jennifer however and she becomes stressed as Marley causes so much trouble, putting the marriage on the line.
I highly recommend watching this film to find out what happens to the family... and also to possibly cry, and enjoy watching it :D
I have wanted to watch 'Marley and Me' since it came out, having read the book at least three times and loved it, despite the fact that I cried each and every time I read it. The main reason I bought the book in the first place was because I used to have a Golden Retriever and Marley looked similar. I fully expected to have the same affection for the film and it was a long-awaited moment when I finally sat down to watch it.
The film stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson as Jenny and John Grogan, a recently-married couple. Their life is mapped out according to the 'steps' of Jenny. The first step is meeting and the second step is marrying, which leads John to believe that the next obvious step is for them to have children. As he's not ready for that, he buys them a Labrador puppy, which he names Marley. He hopes that having a puppy in the house will delay the move to the next step, plus he thinks that having a puppy will be easier.
How wrong can one man be? Marley is, according to John, 'the worst dog in the world', with his chewing, gnawing, slobbering, generally destructive habits. He's very resistant to training and this film shows his journey through life with the Grogan family.
The acting in 'Marley and Me' is good. I believed in the characters, including the dog. I identified with them and wanted the best for them. I couldn't really fault the acting, to be honest. The story is engaging, although as the film is spread over a period of about fifteen years, there wasn't really the opportunity to elaborate on any one plotline.
The dogs that played Marley himself did so perfectly. There was no obvious change in dog from when Marley was a puppy and when he was an adult. The dogs were very well trained throughout the film and I empathised with them.
So why am I not being more enthusiastic about it then? I've already said that I loved the book, yet I blatantly didn't love the film. Why? Well, for me, the film focused more on Jenny and John Grogan and their trip through life, rather than the life of Marley. There was more 'Me' than 'Marley' and I felt hard done to by this. I cared more about Marley and his goings on than about how John's career in journalism was progressing.
There was also too many bits missed out of the film, in my opinion. One of the funniest bits in the book is when Marley eats the whole back of a car seat, yet in the film, it's down to a throwaway line about how Marley shouldn't be hungry as he's eaten half a seat belt. There were too many bits missed out for the film to be anywhere near as good as the book.
In the film, it's claimed by the Grogans that Marley is 'the worst dog in the world', yet the film didn't really show why, which was a real shame, as that was what made the book so good. Every dog owner could relate to Marley's life, both the ups and the downs. Missing those bits out missed the whole point of the film, for me at least.
In summary, I will read the book again, but I won't be watching the film again.
After hearing a lot of good reviews about Marley and me, I finally decided to get it for my birthday, and so I spent most of my birthday crying over the ending.
The film is based on the book by the real life John Grogan, who writes about the real life Marley (who can be seen for 2 minutes in the film the last home run)
The film starts with John and Jenny Grogan on their wedding night, where Jenny tells John about her list; first is to move somewhere hot. As they move down the list, John realises that baby will be on their, unsure if he's ready, he takes the advice of a friend and gets a dog instead, thus the entrance of Marley. Christened the world's worst dog after very short time!
This film is basically following the changes of a family, who just happen to have an adorable and funny dog. It's got some wonderful jokes and heart warming moments. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston both have a great onscreen relationship and make the action more believable. It's impossible to fault at all. It's a perfect family film, just beware! If you show to little children or little adults, be prepared for some tears!
Run time: 110 Minutes
Rating: PG (for a scene of mil violence, mild sex references and mild language)
Special Features: Deleted scenes (with optional commentary)
Breaking the Golden Rule
On set with Marley: Dog of all trades
When not to pee
The DVD costs £5 from amazon and £9.95 form DVD.co.uk so it's a bargain, if you know where to go.
Owen Wilson: John Grogan
Jennifer Aniston: Jenny Grogan
Eric Dane: Sebastian Tunney
Alan Arkin: Arnie Klein
Hayley Hudson: Debbie
Kathleen Turner: Ms. KornBlut
Dylan Henry, Bryce Robinson Nathan Gamble: Patrick Grogan
Finley Jacobsen Ben Hyland: Connor Grogan
Lucy Merriam: Colleen Grogan
I would recommend this film to anyone; it's light, funny and overall brilliant. For £5, it's hard to see you being disappointed!
Marley and Me is a simple, family tale about the story of a couples life that amuse, touches and entertains. Based on the best selling book the movie stars the ever popular duo of Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, who as a newly wed couple, get a puppy named Marley. The films stories the happenings of the couples live from having the dog until its heartbreaking end.
The movie seems to start out as an out and out comedy. That's what you would expect from a film with two actors who are known for there comedic work. And as the playful dog gets brought onto the scene that's exactly what happens as Marley gets up to all sorts, causing havoc for all and scenes will have people of all ages in stitches.
Soon enough the true heart of the film shines through though and that is the warming, family tale of a couple raising a family and progressing in life through careers, homes and romance. Aniston is brilliant and Owen is subtlety contained from his usually self and there performances help drive the emotional core of the film. There is still enough Marley antics to amuse younger kids but adult viewers will appreciate the emotional core of the film.
The of course comes the end, people who like films with a bit of emotion will certainly find much to be had in Marley and Me. The last few minutes are heartbreaking and really strike a card in the hearts of all.
I haven't read the book so cannot make a fair comparison regarding that aspect but seeing the film ahs certainly made me want to read the novel. But I know owning a dog that this film represent just what its like to have a bond with an animal and as the film ends it will have entertained all.
All in all, Marley and Me is a fantastic film that will be enjoyed by all is at £5 or so it retails at it's a worthy addition to a DVD collection. Works well both as family film
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Marley & Me is a tale of man's best friend with a family twist on it. It stars Owen Wilson as John, a columnist/reporter just starting out and trying to make it big, and starts off as he marries the woman of his dreams, Jenny (Jennifer Aniston). It then continues as a bit of a romcom in many ways, with a canine element thrown in for good measure.
John is a bit hesitant about starting a family, so with the helpful advice of his old friend Sebastian, they get a dog: Marley. However, Marley grows up to be a bit of a naughty pup who eats anything (and I mean, anything, including an answerphone) and goes mad at any noise outside and is scared of thunderstorms. The film details the time in their lives from their marriage and then follows them as they do start a family and have kids. The tale essentially revolves around Marley and how he fits in to their lives.
The focus of the film is also its star. Wilson and Aniston are good, for sure, but the way the filming revolves around the antics of Marley is what wins with this film, as well as the various dogs who play Marley throughout his life. There are some hilarious moments, some sad moments, and some genuinely 'nice' moments. But what's also good is the cringeworthy moments where you're willing something to not happen but just know it's going to. The comedy is nothing particularly over the top, nor is it poor. It's very good, and I enjoyed it throughout. The story had its average moments, for sure, but the way the tale unfolded was one that doesn't dawdle on the more boring elements. As John's career progresses, he incorporates stories about Marley into his column, and we also have the reality of two people trying to juggle jobs with kids and pets at home, and just how hard it is.
Throwing in their plans as a married couple is a good way of showing how things change, and how you can never know what it's like to be a parent until you're actually one yourself. There's a good range of emotions thrown in here, from love to anger, pain and exhaustion, responisbility, duty, trust, respect, the whole range basically, and nearly all of it revolves around Marley. In this respect, the acting is good, with Wilson and Aniston very believable in their roles. They are well cast, and with the decent supporting cast, this ends up being a well constructed film.
Overall, then, a good film. Nothing special, for sure, but they really manage to tug at the heartstrings along the way at various stages. One to watch with tissues if you're particularly susceptible to the soppy stuff, but be prepared for some funny moments on the other side of things as well. There are a few cameos from actors such as Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner and Alan Arkin, and the child actors are very convincing too. I would recommend watching this, as although it's nothing special at times, it's very well made and could appeal to a wide audience. Recommended.
Marley & Me
Movie Length: 111 minutes
Director: David Frankel
Country: United States
Rating: All ages
Owen Wilson as John Grogan
Jennifer Aniston as Jenny Grogan
Eric Dane as Sebastian Tunney
Alan Arkin as Arnie Klein
Debbie Haley Hudson
Haley Bennett as Lisa
The story is about John and Jenny Grogan who just got married and decide to move to the warm Florida. They are both reporters for two competing newspapers in Florida, but while Jenny's career is well underway, it seems that John is at a stand still. They want to start a family, but are they really up for it? They decide to adopt to figure this out and choose a small Labrador. They call the dog Marley and of course in the beginning they are all happy. But soon the first problems start simply because Marley doesn't really listen to John and Jenny and runs around like a mad man and bites every furniture. Soon everything is broken in the house! Even lessons don't seem to help and it seems like an impossible situation that also causes for lot of stress between John and Jenny. Can they handle Marley and the idea of a family or is it all too much?
There are two famous actors in this film and they certainly not unknown in the field of comedy movies. First you have Jennifer Aniston, best known for the series Friends, and since then she has played on numerous comedy films. She plays the role of Jenny, the wife of John and works for a newspaper reporter. Jennifer remains always a favourite actress, because you will like her, from the moment you see her. But I find her never amazing good, but more just fine. Also in this film she is like that and she does connect with Owen Wilson. She's credible in her role and is fun to watch. Owen Wilson plays John Grogan, the husband of Jenny. He is less certain in life and especially in his work, he is dissatisfied. He wants higher up in his work, but it seems not to happen. He plays well and is very natural and believable in his role. There is certain chemistry between him and Jen and that radiates off the screen. It seems plausible that they are married even in real life. Nice performances in this movie!
There are a few extras on DVD including many deleted scenes together about half an hour. It's nice to have a look, but as often there is good reason why these scenes haven't made the film. Besides the deleted scenes, there are a number of documentaries that focus on how it was during the filming with interviews with the actors, but also how it was working with Marley the dog. There are also some bloopers on the DVD, which is really fun to watch. All in all, quite a few extras on the DVD and definitely for people who really liked the film, worth a glimpse.
A nice comedy film with a fresh look at having a dog and all the problems that can comes with it, but also the good things. The film is obviously full of predictable moments in situations where the dog causes problems in the house. An example of this is that they leave the dog only in the garage and when they return the entire garage was turned upside down. The other side of the film focuses more on the lives of John and Jenny and the problems they have themselves, what makes the film some more unique. The only drawback of the film is that it takes almost 2 hours and so the film has its funny moments, but a point you get a little tired and everything is not so funny anymore. Pity, because as the film half hour less it would have had much more impact. The wide range of extras is nice, but to be honest you don't really want to see them after seeing the 2-hour movie. Definitely a movie to watch, only a little bit too long.
Marley and Me is among the most poignant films I ever watched. Being a dog lover myself, the film trigged a lot of personal response and empathy from me, as I believe it must have done with other dog-lovers in the audience. I have never read the book so I can't compare how the book relates to the film, but the film was definitely one of the most brilliant and emotional ones I've watched in a long time.
John and Jenny are a newly married couple. Like any newly-weds, they have perfect plans and expectations from the future, especially Jenny with her "life list." The list soon gets hindered, however, by John's birthday present to her, in the form of an adorable puppy; which for some reason, the seller was quite eager to get rid off. John ends up calling the puppy Marley after Bob Marley and he soon becomes an integral part of their lives...despite being the 'World's Worst Dog'...
While Marley and Me is one of the most poignant films I've ever watched, it is also one of the simplest. I cannot recall any particular climax, or any powerfully gripping scenes. In fact, rather than calling it a film, it should have been called a "tale"- because that's what the film does: it tells the story of a dog and how it influenced a family. And yet, despite its simplicity, the numerous emotions that the film manage to capture really turned it into what, according to me, should have been branded as a masterpiece. Marley is definitely an amazingly adorable dog; probably not one that many people would have liked having in their houses, but exactly the kind of dog I would have loved. What I preferred the most about the film was that the dog was depicted as being full of empathy and emotions- instead of being an animal that does nothing but bark, poop and eat. Marley's depiction is also as realistic as can get (except for his extreme penchant for mischief) - and this realism really helped me into forming a deep attachment with the dog.
Owen Wilson and Jenifer Aniston depicted John and Jenny respectively, and while their performances were brilliant, I have to admit that I was a bit dejected by the blatant lack of on-screen chemistry between them. But on the other hand, this film is the tale of a dog, and not a romantic movie, so I guess that the lack of chemistry did not hinder the plot in any major way. It would have been nice to have a more intense bond between them, though.
Owen Wilson as John
Jennifer Aniston as Jenny
Eric Dane as Sebastian Tunney
Alan Arkin as Arnie Klein
Haley Hudson as Debbie
Haley Bennet as Lisa
(I wish my DVD included the names of the dogs who played Marley so I could include it here!)
Featurette- Training Marley
This is definitely a film for dog lovers. I made me cry and laugh and really nurture a powerful response to the plot, and I can guarantee that it will do the same for all those who love our furry best friends!
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A friend of mine borrowed 'Marley & Me' from the library and she invited me to watch it with her. I had no idea whatsoever what it would be about but having heard the name before I was keen to join her.
It is about John (Owen Wilson) and his wife Jenny (Jennifer Aniston). They move to West Palm Beach and he starts a new job as a journalist. It seems natural that the next stage in their life would be having a baby but John doesn't seem to be that keen on it. Instead, he decides to get... a puppy for Jenny's birthday, hoping that she may leave the thoughts about a baby for the time being.
Everything would be sweet but Marley refuses to obey a single command. He chews everything he can find, he drinks water from the toilets and demands attention even when the couple wants to have time for themselves. Jenny and John decide to take him to dog's school, hoping he would learn to behave. Well, he doesn't.
They have fun times together even though the dog causes many damages. But at some point they have a crisis and John seems to have a choice between his wife and his dog. What will he choose? You will find out by watching the film.
Aniston and Wilson make a really good couple in the film and I loved watching them together. I may be a bit biased as Aniston is one of my favourite actresses but I do think that both of them did their job well. It was the first film with Owen Wilson that I have seen but I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of him.
You may think that it is a not very ambitious, another family comedy. In fact it isn't. This is a story about a family (yes, it grows...), their ups and downs and ways in which they try to deal with their problems. The first half (or so) is extremely funy but then sad moments also appear which makes the story real (it is based on a book under the same title by John Grogan).
I really enjoyed watching 'Marley & Me' even though I am not a dog person. It is a lovely dramedy directed by David Frankel. The running time is 115 minutes which seemed long at times but it is defnitely worth watching.