Marley and me film review
Movies that make you cry
Well, I did it. I gave in and rented a film that I had no intention of ever watching. I had heard the spoilers very early on, while the movie 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 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 puppies
The film 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.
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, 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.
Starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and others
I rate is 4/5**** stars for absolute ability to tug at my heartstrings!