Dog Day Blogathon – Marley & Me (2008)


This is a post dedicated to the Dog Day Blogathon being held over at Often Off Topic.

Tnx Allie for letting me take part!

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary? ” – John Grogan

Number of Times Seen – 2 (20 Jun 2009 and 23 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two married journalists raise a family and a dog who helps them find laughter and love in life.

My Take on it – When Allie announced this blogathon earlier this month, this was the first film that came to mind dealing with dogs.

I have never been the biggest fan of dogs and have actually never owned a pet (and probably never will).

This film tho shows dog lovers and not how enjoyable it could be to have a pet like this living with you.

The story remains fun the whole time and keeps surprising by alternating between humorous and heartfelt scenes along the way.

the fact that this film is based on a real story helps make it even more impactful and genuine the whole time.

The chemistry between stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston is great but they keep getting outdone by the familial shared chemistry with their best friend Marley who steals every scene.

This story takes place over a long period of time yet they keep things fresh and enjoyable by serving us small anecdotes and storytlines that are so familiar to people.

As I said previously, one need not be a dog lover to love this film because they manage to show how much love can be received from a dog even if things are never so easy.

And that’s why they call dogs, Man’s best friend.

Bottom Line – Fun film that is even more impactful due to the fact that it’s based on truth. Wilson and Aniston have great chemistry together but the way that they show the familial connections with their family dog is what makes this film so enjoyable. The story takes place over quiet a long period of time and works really well since the film is made up of lots of short stories and anecdotes along the way.  One need not be a dig lover to easily fall in love with this film because it shows so much about how much love can be had from man’s best friend even if you must persevere.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Owen Wilson’s real-life parents played his parents in the movie. His mother’s biggest problem was remembering not to call him Owen. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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5 thoughts on “Dog Day Blogathon – Marley & Me (2008)

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