MARLEY & ME (2008 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Marley and Me is such a simple story and yet somehow its casting, its script, and the family atmosphere make it into a family movie that will be remembered for a long time. Every scene makes one remember things about childhood, family pets, and family—the good and bad times that make family memories complete. Director David Frankel caught the essence of life and left the audience with an unmistakable life message less the usual preaching effect that comes with message movies. The ending is worth waiting for—bittersweet.

Storyline

Newspaper writer John Grogan (Owen Wilson) lives a very regular American life with his wife Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) until they adopt an uncontrollable Labrador retriever.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director David Frankel for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr. and Arnon Milchan for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: John (Owen Wilson), Sebastian (Eric Dane), Ms. Kornblut (Kathleen Turner), Arnie Klein (Alan Arkin), Patrick (Nathan Gamble), Lisa (Haley Bennett), Dr. Platt (Ann Dowd), and Editor (Clarke Peters).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie will be a favorite especially for anyone with a family that includes pets.

Ben Meyers

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