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Saturday, April 18, 2009

SNMR 6.14: "Marley & Me"

Tonight's SNMR feature is "Marley & Me (2008, PG, 115 minutes), starring Owen Wilson, Jennier Aniston, Eric Dane and Alan Arkin. The film was directed by David Frankel.

PLOT SUMMARY: John (Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Aniston) are newspaper reporters and a newly married couple. One day John decides to surprise Jenny with a puppy. They pick out of a litter a quiet little Labrador. Three weeks later on the very first trip home, the dog gets the name Marley -- thanks to a Bob Marley song playing on the radio. The movie follows the life and adventures of the mischievous dog through the trials, tribulations and joys of the Grogan family.

MY OPINION: I first saw this film when it opened in the theater last Christmas, primarily because I wanted to see Jennifer Aniston's new movie. It was not at all what I expected. It was better. I was expecting a screwball comedy along the lines of the Beethoven movies but instead saw a comedy/drama that has its funny moments but also a serious side as well.

The script is excellently adapted from the book by John Grogan, which is probably based on some of his columns - which is precisely what makes this story work. It is eminently believable and you have reason to be invested in and care about the lives of the characters, including the dog. As anyone who grew up with a dog or pets in general, you know how easily attached you can become to that particular pet, no matter how much it chews, humps or pees on stuff it shouldn't.

I really didn't think Wilson and Aniston would have a good on-screen chemistry but they do. Alan Arkin gives a good performance as John Grogan's boss, the no-nonsense newspaper editor. Kathleen Turner, who has aged badly, is wasted in a brief role as the dog trainer.

This film is definitely worth a rental (who doesn't love a movie about loyal pets? but keep a box of tissues handy) and in my case the addition to my DVD collection.

**** out of *****



At 22 April, 2009 23:08, Blogger Kayla said...

I was somewhat disappointed in this movie. Although it had a good ending, I didn't like seeing Marley being such a terror as a pet! running rampant, disobedient, chewing furniture, etc..

Otherwise, hello!
I've been well. Just not as active in blogland as I used to be.

At 22 April, 2009 23:10, Blogger Kayla said...

Oh yeah..
What in the hell happened to Kathleen Turner?! I was shocked to the core when I saw her. How did such a beautiful young woman turn into such a mess?

At 23 April, 2009 17:20, Blogger green said...

kayla: I understand what you mean, but the point was that despite Marley being such a troublesome and mischevious dog, he was a large part of the glue that held that family together.

You should check out the other movie blog I co-write with Scribe (link is on the left in the sidebar) - we're always seeking regular readers and frequent commenters...


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