Marley & Me

December 25th, 2008


Marley & Me

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

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.0/10 (53,699 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director: David Frankel

Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

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.

Writers: Scott Frank, Don Roos

Owen Wilson - John Grogan
Jennifer Aniston - Jennifer Grogan
Eric Dane - Sebastian Tunney
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 - Colleen (Age 5)
Bryce Robinson - Patrick (Age 7)
Ben Hyland - Conor (Age 5)
Sarah O'Kelly - Neighbor Mom (Nurse)
Keith Hudson - Big Guy

Taglines: Their relationship wasn't going anywhere until one little thing tied it all together.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 25 December 2008

Filming Locations: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $36,367,586 (USA) (28 December 2008) (3480 Screens)

Gross: $244,082,376 (Worldwide) (3 May 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

22 different dogs played Marley.

Continuity: When John and Sebastian are taking about Sebastian going to Columbia, John has his bag over his shoulder and removes it. The editor comes out and tells John he has to cover a methane leak, and he has the bag is on his shoulder and removes it again.

John Grogan: A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.

User Review

More than "A Man and His Dog" film

Rating: 9/10

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 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 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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