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Marley & Me (2008)

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

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... John
... Jenny
... Sebastian
... Ms. Kornblut
... Arnie Klein
... Patrick (Age 10)
... Lisa
... Dr. Platt
... Editor
... Conor (Age 8)
Lucy Merriam ... Colleen (Age 5)
... Patrick (Age 7)
... Conor (Age 5)
... Neighbor Mom (Nurse)
... Big Guy
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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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Comedy | Drama | Family

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,367,586, 28 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$143,153,751, 30 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$244,082,376, 3 May 2009
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22 different dogs played Marley. See more »

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Relatively early in the film, in the early 1990s, John Grogan (Owen Wilson) mentions taking a trip to Disney World and a 2000s Walt Disney World sign is shown. See more »

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John Grogan: [To Marley] You know how we're always saying what a pain you are, you're the world's worst dog, don't believe it, don't believe it for one minute because you know we couldn't find a better dog, I love you, more than anything, you're a great dog, I love you.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.96 (2010) See more »

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River Song
Written by Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson
Courtesy of Caribou Records/Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Best film of the holiday season
26 December 2008 | by 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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