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Marley & Me (2008)

A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

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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. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Their relationship wasn't going anywhere until one little thing tied it all together. See more »

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Rated PG for thematic material, some suggestive content and language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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BRL 2,604,880 (Brazil) (28 December 2008)

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$143,153,751 (USA) (30 April 2009)
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John Grogan: The original book's author appears as the Cocker Spaniel owner in the dog training class. See more »

Goofs

When Debbie the dogsitter is startled by Marley in the shower, the hem of her body suit is visible pressed against the shower curtain. See more »

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Debby: There were 11 thunderstorms while you were gone, 11, you were right, he doesn't like them and just so you know I am a dog person but that is not a dog, that is evil with a dog face that humps my leg and is peeing on your carpet.
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Spoofed in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! (2012) See more »

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One Love
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Courtesy of Island Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Best film of the holiday season
26 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Short-attention-span synopsis: Best film of the holiday season.

Marley & Me (PG, 2:00) — 9

I felt bad having to deliver the news to my fellow fans about what a poor crop of SF&F films we have to pick from this holiday season, so let me make it up to you by giving a totally unqualified recommendation for Marley & Me! It's not science fiction. Heck, it's barely fiction at all, since it's drawn from the real-life experiences of newspaper columnist John Grogan, his wife Jen, their kids, and their yellow labrador retriever, Marley, "the worst dog in the world".

I do some database work for the Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs, and I have to say that Marley would have washed out of the academy in 15 minutes. He'd be a terrible service dog, but he makes a wonderful friend.

This film is utterly realistic. It never strikes a forced or false note. There are lots of laffs, but they all arise organically out of real life. John and Jen are good, decent people (like virtually all Americans), and they behave naturally, without any visible "acting". It's a little slice of Americana. If a big-budget spectacular like Benjamin Button had been able to muster a quarter of the heart of this modest film, they'd already be rolling Oscar's red carpet up to its front door.

"I'd like to be the man my dog thinks I am." -- Mike McGuire, songwriter


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