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“Marley and Me” December 29, 2008

Filed under: Marley + Me,Me — Jessi @ 3:12 pm

Christmas day was the premiere of the movie “Marley and Me”. Billy and I read the book and fell in love with the story, plus our dog’s name is Marley so we’ve been anticipating the premiere of this movie ever since we heard about it. It really was a cute movie. I do have to say, though, that reading the book was a lot more exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie, and everyone in the theatre was in tears at the end, but it just seemed like something was missing. Maybe that’s because I already had formed a clear image  in my mind of how the characters should look, act, feel, etc. I mean when we read the book Owen Wilson playing John Grogan didn’t pop into my imagination. Also it seemed like they had to pack so much into the movie that there wasn’t a lot of depth to the characters. Anyway that’s enough critiquing from me, but if you want a movie that the whole family can see, then this is your movie. It’s a comedy and romance, which are my two favorite things. Just be sure to  bring some extra tissues!

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4 Responses to ““Marley and Me””

  1. neesienoodle Says:

    I loved the movie too, but had not read the book. Now I want to get the book! Definitely a dog lover’s kind of movie. I’m not so sure it’s something the whole family should see, though. There was inappropriate language, which I really don’t think was necessary. I think you’d have to talk to a child about death and what a miscarriage is if you took him or her to see it. But overall a GREAT story!

    • Jessica Says:

      Thanks for the comment neesienoodle. I think you have a point about death and miscarriage being an issue that children may have trouble understanding. I don’t have children, but I know during my childhood I saw tragedy in my family, and experiencing these things helped me appreciate life a lot more, but not every child understands. Death and tragedy are sad, but I think that this movie captures these issues in a way that is not morbid, but rather embraces life as something to celebrate and cherish. I think that’s the overall theme of this couple’s story, but I understand if some people have qualms over the movie’s language or issues related to death. I do think though that if we dissect any movie, no matter what the genre, every single one will have issues that people feel are inappropriate for children.

  2. neesienoodle Says:

    I agree, so I think it’s important to know about a movie before you take a child to see it. There is a site I use to help me know what to expect:
    http://www.pluggedinonline.com


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