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Marley and me film review

Updated on May 27, 2017

Marley and Me - an example of movies that make you cry

Well, I did it. I gave in and rented Marley and Me, a film that I had no intention of ever watching. I had heard the spoilers very early on, while Marley and Me was still in theaters. I knew that I would be really sad watching this movie. Why put myself through that? But, you know sometimes a good tearjerker movie like Marley and Me is just what we need. I am amazed by how this movie still made me react so emotionally even after I did get the spoiler and knew what was going to happen.

Adorable golden retriever puppy in Marley and Me the movie

The film Marley and Me begins with a couple, played by Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. They are seriously thinking of beginning to have children. While that decision is still up in the air, Owen's character, John Grogan decides to get his wife Jennifer Grogan (Aniston) started with taking care of something. She herself says that she can not even keep a plant alive, how will she take care of a baby?

He gets her guess what? A puppy! An absolutely adorable purebred golden retriever puppy that they call their clearance puppy since the breeder charged less for that one than any of the others in the litter. Now, why did the breeder do that? Are we to assume that she suspected this puppy would become a handful with major behavior problems? We can only guess.

Anyway, John names the puppy Marley after Bob Marley whose song is playing in the car on the way home from picking the puppy up from the breeder.

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John gets a little time to do some bonding with Marley but shortly after, he leaves to pick Jenny up at the airport as she returns from a business trip.

John decides to leave Marley in the garage while he makes the quick trip to the airport. When John and Jenny return from the airport, it is discovered that Marley became nervous and basically just wrecked the place.

As Marley grows up, he continues to have his quirks. He is very afraid of lightning and thunderstorms and has to be sedated to get through them.

 John and Jenny attempt to take Marley to obedience school but the dog is dismissed from the class for relentlessly humping the instructor's leg.

 A terrible habit of Marley's, Jenny thought it would improve if he was neutered. John and Jenny decide to get him neutered. John sympathizes with Marley greatly because of this.

And so, in the movie Marley and Me, life continues on. Marley grows into an adult dog. John and Jenny start a family. Jenny makes the choice to give up her career to be a stay at home mom. John is a newspaper columnist. A boy is the first child. They eventually have three children- two boys and a girl. At times, John and Jenny are pressured in their marriage.

Jenny becomes overwhelmed with the kids and the unruly dog. She even threatens to give the dog away but they press on and realize that the dog is bringing more joy than problems.

The ending of the film is very sad and touching so brace yourself.

Marley and Me

Rated PG

Starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and others

I rate is 4/5**** stars for absolute ability to tug at my heartstrings!


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for posting your nice comment Michael. I appreciate it.

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      This was funny but at the same time, a tear jerker movie! Great movie & highly recommended for dog lovers! Great hub!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi sheila b. Thanks so much for the compliment!

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      You told the story so well!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Sally's Trove, Sage Williams, MPG Narratives, thanks for all your comments!

      Sally, yes the film makes you really emotional but it is also very good- a very well made film. I'm glad I saw it. I haven't read the book yet but I am planning to. I guess I better have the Kleenex nearby.

      Sage, I'm glad you're thinking about seeing the movie and MPG Narratives, I guess most of us will feel the same way when we watch it.

      Thank you all again for your nice comments!

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      Marie Giunta 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I found this movie cute as I love anything to do with dogs. Don't agree with all the negative reviews it had when in was in cinemas. Thanks, great review. Oh, and I cried at the end too.

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      Sage Williams 8 years ago

      I have yet to see this movie. Based on your review I'm looking forward to seeing it. Not so sure I want to deal with the ending. Thanks for the warning.


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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I admire you for watching the film, knowing what would happen. I read the book and in so doing I felt as though I'd used up all the tears I'd ever have for the rest of my life. There's no way I'm watching the film. Kudos to you!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi ethel smith. Hehe, yes, I know exactly what you mean. Thanks so much for posting your nice comment!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I was thinking of reviewing this. We watched it a couple of nights ago and wept buckets. Well not buckets but you know what I mean. Lovely film and excellent review.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hello, hello, thanks so much for your nice comment. I appreciate it.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you very much for a wonderful review.