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DVD review: Marley And Me

Marley as a puppy
Marley looks like a harmless puppy, but don't be fooled!



The stars

The main stars are Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston who play John and Jenny Grogan.

But Marley's undoubtedly the real star of the show. In fact, 22 dogs were used to play Marley as he grows from a puppy to an adult dog.

The plot

John and Jenny are a young married couple who buy a Labrador puppy they call Marley.

John and Jenny Grogan take Marley for a walk
John and Jenny take Marley for a walk

The film follows their life as they have three children and move houses, with Marley as their canine companion over the years.

Marley's an adorable puppy but he turns into an out-of-control dog who causes chaos wherever he goes - with hilarious results!

DVD Extras

There are loads, including everything from deleted scenes and a gag reel, to mini-films on how they picked the pups to play Marley and teaching them to wee without actually weeing!

Best bits

Marley's antics are very funny to watch, from the way he rips up the furniture to terrorising a dog-sitter when she's in the shower.

Marley ripping up a sofa
Marley has a taste for the furniture

You'll also find plenty of belly laughs as a scary dog trainer, played by Kathleen Turner, fails to tame Marley at an obedience class.

And check out the deleted scenes on the DVD extras, especially Pick Up Pup. It's shows a very cute Marley literally leaping into his new life.

Other bits to look out for on the extras, include When Not To Pee, which shows how they taught the dogs to pretend to wee during filming without actually making a mess.

And Finding Marley gives a great insight into how they got so many dogs to do exactly what they wanted when the director yelled 'Action!'.

Any weak bits?

There are a few too many scenes with John at work which you may find a bit boring.

And if you've read the book, you might notice a few bits are left out of the film. But the producers have tried to stick as closely as they can to the story.

As for the DVD extras, On Set With Marley includes some cool Marley-cam footage, but when they 'talk' to him on set the barking can be a bit too much.

Hit or miss?

Definitely a hit. It's a film that will make you laugh and cry.

Whether you're a dog lover or not, you can't help but fall in love with Marley and DVD extras give you a great behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making a hit film.

NR rating:

Five out of five

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Your Comments

"I thought it was a heart warming film. I loved it so much. It was amazing, there will be no dry eyes in the house after you've watched it."

Alex, 12, Northern Ireland

"Marley and Me is one of the best films I've ever seen in my entire life! I laughed my socks off but cried my eyes out at the end!"

Louise, 11, Berkshire, England

"I think Marley and Me is a fantastic movie and I would give it 10/10. The only problem with this movie that it didn't make me cry, even though it was very sad at the end."

Hannah, 12, Huddersfield, England

"Marley and Me is a brilliant film it is so funny but I didn't like the ending because it was too sad."

Katie, 13, York, England

"I love this film although I prefer the book. Even so you cant fail to laugh at the mad antics that Marley gets up to in the film. It's a great film but do bring tissues for the end."

Sarah, 14, Liverpool, England

"Its not as good as the book. But it is still good."

Ali, 12, London, England

"I thought this was a great film and also very sad at the same time it is well worth watching."

Alice, 12, Essex, England

"I loved the film and the ending made me cry like mad because it is so sad."

Olivia, 10, London, England

"I love this movie! It has to be my favourite movie ever!"

Persia, 13, Cambridge, England