Marley and Me (2008) - 2-Disc Bad Dog Edition
|Genre(s): Comedy / Drama|
|Fox || PG - 115 minutes - $34.98 || March 31, 2009|
|Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-26|
Writer(s): John Grogan (book); Scott Frank & Don Roos (screenplay)
Cast: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
Theatrical Release Date: December 25, 2008
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John (Owen Wilson) and Jennifer (Jennifer Anniston) Grogan are a recently married couple whose car breaks down and they are forced to run to the hotel in snow in their socks. The two talk about moving, and Jennifer wants to go somewhere warm, so they move. John has an interview once they move at the local newspaper and gets the job as a reporter and Jennifer gets a job as well at another paper writing columns. They buy a house together to live in with a spare bedroom, which in any guys mind should trigger that stimulus that we all have that says “she wants kids.”
To counter the idea that Jennifer wants kids, her birthday is coming up so John gets an idea from his boss at the newspaper to get her a dog. So he takes her to the house where a dog recently had puppies, and Jennifer picks the clearance puppy for her own. She can’t pick up the dog for a few weeks, as that’s what the owner says, and in the meantime she has to go off to report on a case in another state. She flies out and John picks up the dog, which he nicknames Marley since they were in the car together and the dog seemed to like the music. However, the trouble starts there with the puppy for John and Jennifer.
Marley is terrified of thunderstorms and the first night he’s alone in the garage he completely demolishes the area and manages to eat the drywall. The couple is a bit worried, but manages to get past it. That is, until Marley continues wrecking the house as the weeks pass. However the couple tries to get the dog trained by Ms. Kornblut (Kathleen Turner). Kornblut runs a dog training school for misbehaving dogs, but Marley is beyond her power. During the first session Marley gets thrown out forever of the outside school for, well, let’s saying doing something dogs have a tendency to do. I’ll leave it at that and let your imagination take over.
John and Jennifer have been trying to have a kid, and they manage to successfully after a few attempts. About ten weeks in they decide to go to the doctors, but it turns out that they were unsuccessful in the long run. Depressed about it, the two decide to go to Ireland for their belated Honeymoon vacation and leave Marley in the hands of a neighbor girl. They try to brief her on how great of a dog she is, but we all know that’s not true. Marley behaves like the worst dog imaginable, and once they return home the house is a mess and the dog sitter storms out of the house.
After having the first child, the couple begins to have issues about work. Jennifer wants to quit her job to take of their child all the time but John doesn’t know that would work since they need her income and eventually want to move to a bigger house to accommodate everyone. John asks his boss for a raise, and his boss agrees to it if he chooses to write columns everyday for the paper. John reluctantly accepts, and his salary is doubled. Meanwhile, Jennifer has two more children and they decide to move to yet another house. But can John keep writing columns even though he deep down wants to be a reporter? Will Marley ever be tamed from the destructive pup she is?
I was really shocked at how entertaining this film was, even though there were more than a handful sad moments. I thought I was walking into another dog movie, when it turned out that the film based itself more on the characters than the dog itself. The cast is also phenomenal, with Wilson and Aniston at their prime in terms of acting. This isn’t really a kid’s film, and the ending is pretty sad, so I would recommend not letting the young ones watching this until you’ve had the pleasure of screening it first.
Deleted Scenes (26 minutes): I thought it was a typo on the disc, but there are five deleted scenes (With optional commentary from director Frankel) that amount to a whooping twenty-six minutes worth of material. They add a bunch to the already lengthy movie, hence why they were cut. If you enjoyed the movie, then be sure to watch these as they do give a little more background into the family.
Finding Marley (8 minutes): This feature that discusses how many dogs were used in the actual film and how they were trained for it.
Breaking the Golden Rule (8 minutes): The cast and crew talk about working with the dogs and babies on the set, and how troublesome both were.
On Set with Marley (3 minutes): Marley is interviewed a bit and translations are given for those who don’t speak dog. I actually laughed a bit in the short time this played, so you might too.
Multiple Featurettes (14 minutes): We get three different features that I combined into one. Two of them deal with the contest winners from the Purina Puppy Chow contest and the other deals with the importance of adoption.
Gag Reel (6 minutes): The cast flubs lines and also makes up their own while taping the movie. This is pretty funny, so be sure to watch it.
When Not To Pee (2 minutes): The Director talks about how the dogs were so great that they rarely had to reshoot any scenes. It also replays a certain scene in the movie where there was a Marley moment.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
Due to the disc being watermarked, I can’t rate the video. When the actual disc comes in, I will update the score accordingly.
The Dolby Surround 5.1 mix works wonders for the film. Although there aren’t a lot of action scenes, if any, in the movie itself, dialogue is loud and crisp sounding. This is an incredible mix that shocked me, as not once did I struggle to hear the characters speak, and surround sounds also happened throughout the flick. It’s not reference material, but this is one of the better Dolby Surround mixes I’ve heard in a long time.
Marley and Me surprised me in a good way. It’s got its comedic moments and also a few serious overtones thrown in for good measure. The cast is great in it, the script solid, but it is a little bit too long to capture the young viewer’s attention. I can’t rate the video yet, but the audio is a home run and the special feature package is huge and most are well-deserving of a watch. This is one film to adopt into your collection.