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"Marley & Me" (and me)

Babymarley_3 All right, haters, go ahead and give it to me for giving the movie Marley & Me a positive review. I don't care! I mean, I'm not saying it's best picture or anything, and to be fair I've never read the book so I don't know how it stacks up against John Grogan's memoir.

But I cried my eyes out, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. And if you didn't, you just don't like dogs. That's all there is to it!

(OK, I admit the newspaper stuff was ... not great. It was silly mostly. And I didn't really care for Eric Dane as Owen Wilson's suave buddy. But still.)

Larry In case you missed it - which was easy to do - here's my interview with Larry Madrid, one of the trainers on the Marley & Me set. I actually had a good interview with Larry but couldn't get most of the stuff in the very short People page item I wrote. This guy has trained everything from a rat to an elephant; he knows what he's doing.

By the way, that's Jonah with him in the photo; Jonah played one of the 1 to 7-year-old Marleys in the film.

He gave me some great pointers on how to teach my bad dog Baxter how to walk on a leash without dragging me around the neighborhood, and I must say, so far it seems to be working. Imagine!


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just sayin

you are a dog-movie sucker. you also seem to be one of the only critics on the planet to enjoy this. even my 9 year old niece and nephew have decided not to go because "the reviewers say it is the worst movie ever. we'll wait for dvd."

thank god the kids are tuned into the pop culture opinionator and i dont have to endure this movie.


You live a sheltered life indeed, just sayin, if you think this is the worst Hollywood has to offer... I recently saw previews for "Bride Wars" and broke out in a cold sweat.

Plus - "Marley & Me" is NOT bad! I mean, OK, maybe I had a bit of a "Valkyrie" hangover, but...still. I liked it.

Also, please remember that all if not most of the critics trashing it (most likely) gave four stars to "Superman Returns," possibly the worst movie ever made in the history of filmmaking. You will also see many four star reviews of Gran Torino, and I can promise you that is not a 4 star movie. Yet some of those critics are OK with trashing Marley & Me as sentimental!

just sayin

i will give you this much: the pic you posted of puppy marley on the beach is adorable.


Actually that's one of the things that worries me about the movie - the puppy on the beach is the cutest damned thing. Which will encourage stupid people who have no clue how much work a puppy is to go pay huge sums to a puppy mill and/or backyard breeder for one. Hopefully Marley's ensuing badness will discourage them!


The book certainly was popular. Not being a dog person, I didn't read it either. And for the same reason, I will wait for it to appear on cable and TiVo it, thus giving me the option to stop watching after only a few minutes.

can't fight this feeling anymore

not that this means anything but it topped the box office this weekend...

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