Marley & Me – Movie Review

Movie Title: Marley & Me
Rating: PG
Director: David Frankel
Staring: Jennifer Aniston; Owen Wilson; Alan Arkin and Eric Dane
Category: Drama/Comedy

Moms of Faith Rating: 9 out of 10

Intro: Marley & Me is a heartwarming film about family, marriage, love and life with a great dog!

Review: I was warned by a few friends not to see Marley & Me because it is sad…I didn’t listen to the naysayers, and I am glad. Sure, it is a tearjerker in some areas. However, overall it is a very funny and heartwarming movie experience.

With the encouragement of a single friend from work, John Grogan (Owen Wilson), decides to take his wife to pick out a puppy when she begins to show signs of wanting to add a baby to their lives. He hoped it would get her mind off having babies for a bit. Unfortunately, he did not plan for what he wound up with…Marley is a wild, rambunctious, lovable high maintenance dog.

Marley soon wins the heart of it’s owners…although it is a love/hate relationship at times…(especially for Jenny Grogan after she begins to have babies!)…LOL.

There is a warmth to this film that families will love. Marley even experiences life with the Grogan’s growing family.

There is mild crude humor and language that may require a chat after film…for the little viewers in your family. There are also some dramatic scenes that may be uncomfortable and confusing for smaller children.

Conclusion: Marley & Me is a laugh out loud and deeper than expected film. Do not be deterred by some tears…yes…you WILL cry. I rarely cry when I watch movies. This one got me. So, get your tissue box ready. However, you will laugh as well….a lot!

Copyright © Lara Velez, Moms of Faith, All Rights Reserved


  1. Dianna @ Sincerely Me on June 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    You know my favorite thing about this film is the underlying message. Life gets hard, does that mean we take the easy way out and walk away? No. You have to work through it. As the film shows, getting married, starting a family and job issues can cause HUGE amounts of stress but calling it quits doesn’t fix the problem. :)

  2. Faith_Mom on June 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Amen! You are SO right…cause life and marriage is hard sister!!! LOL

  3. Heather @ CSAHM on June 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    oooohh!!! I heard about the ending, and I just know I will cry because it will touch a very sensitive personal string in my heart. :( I have stayed away from this movie because of that.

    BUT now you have me wanting to see this movie, thanks!!! I just didn’t want to relive some moments in my past while watching the ending of this movie. I think I will have to watch it before letting the kiddos watch it. UGH! Why did you have to give it a good review? LMBO! Thanks a lot! LOL! ;)

  4. Faith_Mom on June 8, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    LOL…yes, you WILL cry…so stock up n your tissues…BUT…I really thought it was worth seeing! Let me know what you think! :D

  5. Laurie Neumann on August 20, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I loved this movie. It is funny and SO SAD at the same time. We have a little pooch, and all I could think about was him and the time that we will have to say goodbye to him.

    Even though it is sad, it is a warm, wonderful movie.

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