I was warned by a few friends not to see Marley & Me because it is sad…I didn’t listen to the naysayers, and I am glad. Sure, it is a tearjerker in some areas. However, overall it is a very funny and heartwarming movie experience.
With the encouragement of a single friend from work, John Grogan (Owen Wilson), decides to take his wife to pick out a puppy when she begins to show signs of wanting to add a baby to their lives. He hoped it would get her mind off having babies for a bit. Unfortunately, he did not plan for what he wound up with…Marley is a wild, rambunctious, lovable high maintenance dog.
After their wedding, newspaper writers John and Jennifer Grogan move to Florida. In an attempt to stall Jennifer’s “biological clock”, John gives her a puppy. While the puppy Marley grows into a 100 pound dog, he loses none of his puppy energy or rambunctiousness. Meanwhile, Marley gains no self-discipline. Marley’s antics give John rich material for his newspaper column. As the Grogans mature and have children of their own, Marley continues to test everyone’s patience by acting like the world’s most impulsive dog. – Imdb.com
Marley soon wins the heart of it’s owners…although it is a love/hate relationship at times…(especially for Jenny Grogan after she begins to have babies!)…LOL.
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There is a warmth to this film that families will love. Marley even experiences life with the Grogan’s growing family.
There is mild crude humor and language that may require a chat after film…for the little viewers in your family. There are also some dramatic scenes that may be uncomfortable and confusing for smaller children.
Conclusion: Marley & Me is a laugh out loud and deeper than expected film. It goes very deep and gives an honest and positive portrayal of marriage as well. Do not be deterred by some tears…yes…you WILL cry. I rarely cry when I watch movies. This one got me. So, get your tissue box ready. However, you will laugh as well….a lot!