Marley & Me

  • PG
  • David Frankel (2008)
  • US
  • 110 min
Marley & Me
Film Review
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3 out of 5

The antics of Marley, a misbehaving labrador, provide the comic impetus for this charming movie from David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada). Owen Wilson (in typically amiable form) plays real-life journalist John Grogan, who moves to Florida with his wife and fellow reporter Jenny (Jennifer Aniston), where he ends up acquiring a dog and penning a column about his life with a four-legged force-of-nature. The movie version of Grogan's book wins us over early on with lots of cute canine naughtiness (Marley literally eats everything), but the focus is just as much on the Grogans' marriage, as they have kids, suffer heartaches and realise their lives are passing them by. Inevitably, the lifestyle depicted here is a little idealised, but the film's approach is more grown-up than you'd expect, with Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) offering a hint of danger as John's footloose best friend and a supporting cast that includes Kathleen Turner and Alan Arkin.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama based on a true story, starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Following their wedding, John Grogan buys his wife Jenny a cute, but irrepressible labrador puppy called Marley, little realising that their lives will never be quite the same again.

Cast and crew


John Grogan
Owen Wilson
Jenny Grogan
Jennifer Aniston
Eric Dane
Ms Kornblut
Kathleen Turner
Arnie Klein
Alan Arkin
Patrick, aged 10
Nathan Gamble
Haley Bennett
Clarke Peters
Conor, aged 8
Finley Jacobsen
Colleen, aged 5
Lucy Merriam


David Frankel

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Some swearing and sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 6 Mar 2009
Certificate PG
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.

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