(Marley and Me was provided to me by Click Communications for the purpose of review.)
Packed with playful special features, including tons of deleted scenes and irresistible featurettes, Marley & Me is a satisfying treat for the whole family! Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson unleash huge laughs as John and Jenny Grogan, a young couple contemplating the decision to have a baby. Then came Marley…an adorable Labrador pup who flunks obedience school and quickly turns his new home into a disaster area. But as mischievous Marley sees the Grogans through the ups and downs of life and love, they ultimately realize that “the world’s worst dog” truly brings out the best in them.
I think I was the last person to know the story of Marley and Me. I didn’t read the book, or see the movie in the theater. I’m not really a dog person, you see. So I thought this was just a funny, family movie – kind of like Beethoven. I had no idea that both Kevin and I would be wiping away tears at the end.
Owen Wilson plays journalist John Grogan. He and his wife Jenny have just moved to Florida, and bought a house. Jenny seems to be ready to start a family, and as a way to stall her, John buys her a puppy. Marley is the worst dog ever. Really. Only he’s also the best dog ever. Marley’s crazy personality makes for great comedy, but the movie isn’t just about the dog.
Most romantic comedies cover dating and courtship and end with the wedding. But all of us who are married know that’s when the real work begins. I liked that this movie starts with the wedding, and then shows how hard marriage and parenthood can be – especially the years when the children are very young.
Owen Wilson was perfect as John Grogan. I also enjoyed seeing Eric Dane. He basically played a journalist version of Dr. McSteamy, but he’s very nice to look at. Alan Arkin was great as Grogan’s surly editor. The only casting I didn’t care for was Jennifer Aniston as Grogan’s wife, Jenny. I found her performance very boring. I’m not sure if that was the writing – maybe there just wasn’t much character there – or if it was her acting, but I think she could have been replaced with just about anyone and it wouldn’t have changed the movie a bit.
Marley and Me is available now on DVD. The Two-Disc Bad Dog edition bonus features include: deleted scenes; “Finding Marley” featurette; a gag reel, and more.