In case you missed it in the theaters, or if you saw it in the theaters, but want to see it again, Marley & Me is out on DVD today. The Baltimore Sun's Chris Kaltenbach offers this review:
Finally, a dog film that understands the bond between man and canine...doesn't exploit it, doesn't mock it, doesn't pretend it's more or less than what it is, doesn't milk it for mawkish sentiment. Marley & Me, which arrives on DVD shelves Tuesday, is about a couple and their dog. It's not filled with heroic events (Marley's no Lassie), or ceaselessly cute puppies. There's no talking dogs, no dog vs. cat staredowns. There's just a man and his wife, and the dog they come to love.
Based on the best-selling book by newspaper columnist John Grogan (the "Me" in the title), Marley & Me stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and 22 different white Labs who get to play Marley at different times during his 14-year lifespan. The film is joyous and forgiving (Marley, as John likes to put it, is the world's worst dog), celebratory and sympathetic. It's adorable when Marley first arrives as a puppy, endearing as he grows into a big, lovable oaf, celebratory as the family keeps growing, and heartbreaking as the relationship comes to its inevitable end.
This is not the film to watch if you don't want to be seen crying. The disc includes plenty of extras: outtakes, deleted scenes (most removed because they interfered with the film's comic pacing, according to director David Frankel), a look at some of the dogs who got to play Marley, a look at the movie and the movie-making through Marley's eyes. The extras are OK, but the film's a gem. See it with some mutt you love.
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