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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.

Director:

David Frankel

Writers:

Scott Frank (screenplay), Don Roos (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... John
Jennifer Aniston ... Jenny
Eric Dane ... Sebastian
Kathleen Turner ... Ms. Kornblut
Alan Arkin ... Arnie Klein
Nathan Gamble ... Patrick (Age 10)
Haley Bennett ... Lisa
Ann Dowd ... Dr. Platt
Clarke Peters ... Editor
Finley Jacobsen ... Conor (Age 8)
Lucy Merriam Lucy Merriam ... Colleen (Age 5)
Bryce Robinson ... Patrick (Age 7)
Ben Hyland ... Conor (Age 5)
Sarah O'Kelly Sarah O'Kelly ... Neighbor Mom (Nurse)
Keith Hudson ... Big Guy
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Whenever Marley is seen in a car, a trainer hid in the backseat. Sometimes the car was actually on a special camera trailer, which means the trailer moved, but the car did not. Other times, the car was stationary. For the scene in which John drove with Marley on his lap, the well-rehearsed actor only drove a short distance, and the trainer hid inside the car to cue the dog. When Marley was in the backseat with the boy, he was cued to "stay." For scenes in which Marley barks, sometimes he was cued to bark and other times the bark was added in post-production. See more »

Goofs

When John gets a cup from the cabinet, the cabinet is open but in the next shot it's closed. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Klein: Listen, take a vacation. Go away for a couple of weeks. Take a month off.
John Grogan: Go where?
Arnie Klein: I dunno.
John Grogan: I live in a vacation spot.
Arnie Klein: Then go to someplace where it's painful and sad.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Saddest Animal Deaths in Movies (2014) See more »

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Written by Danny Osuna and Sara Traina
Performed by Tech-i-L.A.
Courtesy of LMS Records
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More than "A Man and His Dog" film
3 January 2009 | by rage_212See all my reviews

After reading some of the outlandish bad reviews, I had to comment on this film. I know people's perceptions differ, but some of the bad reviews are so exaggerated and are, lack of a better word, incorrect! I was hesitant about going to see just another generic man and dog film. It was my girlfriend's idea, and I figured it would be another corny chick flick about how a couple get a dog and how it brings them together. After I began watching, it grabbed my attention and never let go! I don't think my review of this film will be able to capture the true essence and emotions this film captures, but here goes: The film was very gripping in its realistic portrayal of the development of a family and their pet from the couple's wedding until the film's end approximately 40 years into their lives. I think for most people, the couple's relationship and even a troublesome pet will seem familiar(imperfect, but yet believable). The movie isn't solely about the dog, but how the dog is a bit of a nuisance at first, but matures along with the family. Giving many more details may ruin the story, so I'll hit some of the points that need attention.

Some people argue that this film lacks comedy, but it's subtle comedy(the type real life offers...nothing exaggerated and unbelievable...like too many Seth Rogan films). Owen Wilson is more toned down, but he adds his spin to a more down-to-earth role as a husband that chooses his life as a husband over the dream life he had pictured. Aniston delivers one of her best performances, in my opinion. I'm not a big fan of her acting, but she gives an undeniably good performance as Wilson's adoring wife.

Regarding the "nudity" and "sex", yes they hint at having sex, but nothing is shown nor sounds like sex. There is NO NUDITY!!! There is a shot of Aniston's naked BACK(not her backside, her back). All of the film's sexual innuendos are while they are married! If anything I think this sends a positive message to younger viewers that this is the way it's supposed to be...fun isn't over after marriage and in some cases, it's when the real adventure begins. Children these days have seen worse than this film shows on network TV and MTV. I didn't hear any bad language that isn't on TV already. It wasn't what most people consider the worst words. And lastly, the sad part of the film is realistic not morbid, murder, or uncalled for...sometimes I think people are so used to films like The Dark Knight that when they see a wholesome, realistic film they're disappointed because they're wanting something epic.

Give this film and chance and realize going into it that it's not the mindless, idealistic comedy that Hollywood has stuffed down our throats lately. It's heart-warming, wholesome, and true to life.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marley and Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,357,586, 28 December 2008

Gross USA:

$143,153,751

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$255,743,093
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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