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Marley and Me (2-Disc Bad Boy Edition)

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Lab Owners beware / crying mandatory

by Rudy on 4/20/2009

Fun family movie. Plot and acting good, dog training excellent. I am a 56 year old male and the movie brought tear to my eyes. Our lab (rip) FX and Marley are one in the same. The ending of the movie exemplified our feelings and emotions to the letter. Great movie, sad ending, must see!!!!

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A New York Times bestseller, Marley & Me is a memoir of Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan's life with his yellow Labrador retriever. The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 210756172
UPC 024543576174
UPC 14 00024543576174
Format DVD
Release Date 3/31/2009
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Aniston,Jennifer
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review By turns moving, funny, and honest, the film is a fitting adaptation of the book, condensing 13 years worth of experiences into two hours. Although the style of director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) is manipulative, one can forgive him for most of the heartstrings he plucks. While Marley & Me is more than just a three-hankie weeper, it's more in the nature of comfortable, accessible entertainment than high art...The screenplay, by Scott Frank and Don Roos, two of the best in the business, make sure that Marley & Me is never too cute. There's a tendency to turn "dog movies" into cuddly family affairs but, even though this movie is rated PG, it has an adult perspective. Marley & Me is as much about making a marriage work, struggling through the difficulties of having multiple careers and multiple children, and fighting a mid-life crisis as it is about the 100 pound Labrador Retriever...The leads, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, are best known for lightweight comedies, so it may come as a surprise that this is not in that genre. That's not to say Marley & Me is as fun as a visit from the Grim Reaper, but it is predominantly serious. The humor, most of which is low key, comes out of everyday situations, much like the comedy we all find in our day-to-day world. The material fits Wilson and Aniston effectively, and they do the screenplay justice...One doesn't have to be a dog lover (I'm not one) to appreciate the movie. It's as much about love and family as it is about the specific kind of pet. The movie's themes are universal and its anecdotes feel more real than scripted...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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review There was a real Marley. He belonged to John and Jennifer Grogan, and was the subject of a 2005 best seller that has been adapted into this film. I hope the book earned enough to pay for Marley's overhead. Marley has the behavior pattern of a manic wrecking crew and the appetite of a science-fiction monster, but you gotta love him. At least, the Grogans gotta love him. They may be as crazy as their dog..."Marley & Me" is a cheerful family movie about a young couple starting out in life with a new house, new jobs, a new dog and then three children, who the dog doesn't eat, or the movie wouldn't be rated PG. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston play the Grogans as brave and resourceful...This may be the first family film I've seen that will frighten more adults than children. The Marley kids, Conor, Patrick and Colleen, all love Marley. Their parents are appalled. At one point, Jennifer actually despairs and tells John that either the dog goes or she does. No, actually, she doesn't force him to choose. She's outta there. But she relents and returns to the doggie from hell. The thing about Marley, see, is that he has an uncanny way of knowing exactly when to pause in eating the garage and gaze soulfully upon his masters with unconditional love...When Marley is not on the screen, Wilson and Aniston demonstrate why they are gifted comic actors. They have a relationship that's not too sitcomish, not too sentimental, mostly smart and realistic. That's because she plays a newspaper reporter, too. Marley would have been a welcome break after a day in the riotous city rooms of the good old days. In today's city rooms, reporters hide in their cubicles praying to escape extermination. I say lock Scrooge in a cage and throw in Marley.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
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Actor Aniston,Jennifer
Label Fox Home Entertainment
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Connie Ogle, Miami Herald Marley & Me gets so many of the details right, particularly in its final act, when it turns into a five-hanky weeper.
Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune ...[Arkin], as John's editor, is hilarious and dry--it's frankly a shame he's not onscreen for every single scene.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle Sweet and wise and often laugh-out-loud funny (just like Grogan's book), Marley & Me isn't just for dog people...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Wilson has a scene near the end with Marley that's the most wrenchingly tender acting of his career.
Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail ...always solid and often wry, Marley & Me is what it celebrates -- an amiable overachiever.
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