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Summer 2008-9

Marley and Me (2008) movie review

A Guy and his Dog -- the Guy Flick

"You got a kid you're not you anymore -- you're a dad. You get a dog, you're a master."

When journalist John Grogan (Owen Wilson) fears that his journalist wife (Jennifer Aniston) is going to reduce him to a family man, he takes a buddy's advice and buys a dog.

In time the furry family -- man, dog and wife is joined by human offspring, but the dog remains the oldest, worst-behaved, kid.

This isn't a film loaded with bloody heroism, courageous sacrifices or wild chases but it is still a bloke film. The story is told from the point of view of the columnist who wrote, among other things, about his life with Marley the dog.

Movie poster, Marley and Me, Festivale film review

Movie poster, Marley and Me, Festivale film review

Heel the love

Owen Wilson's drawl emphasises the sense of mild depression that drives this film -- Grogan moves through his life never quite happy, not feeling in control and reaches forty regretting paths he didn't take.

Aniston plays Aniston, Arkin plays Arkin, and for a few moments on film Kathleen Turner plays an outrageous dog trainer.

Marley and Me belongs in the same class of film as Old Yeller -- a tissue-box movie for dad's to watch with their kids so they can bond over a good ol' boy-cry.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 2008
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Title: Marley and Me (2008)
Written by: Scott Frank, Don Roos,
Directed by: David Frankel
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The Players: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Alan Arkin, Kathleen Turner

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