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Marley and Me Comes to DVD March 31

Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson unleash huge laughs as John and Jenny Grogan, a young couple contemplating the decision to have a baby. John gives Jennifer a puppy in an attempt to stall off the pending idea of parenting. Marley is an adorable Labrador pup who flunks obedience school and quickly turns his new home into a disaster area. The rambumnctious little puppy becomes a rambunctious 100 pound dog. But as mischievous Marley sees the Grogans through the ups and downs of life and love, they ultimately realize that “the world’s worst dog” truly brings out the best in them.

This film, based on the novel by Josh Grogan, draws you into the storyline from the get go. Aniston and Wilson make a very believable couple. Audience members might want to think about a couple of things before they go to see this. First of all, this film is not just a dog movie; the storyline really revolves around the couple and their family. The dog’s involvement is integrated into the story but he’s not always the center of attention. The ending is sad, but true. Anyone who has ever lived with a pet can relate to losing the pet at the end of its life. But, it is part of living with a pet.

My eight-yar-old grandson turned to his mother and aunt who were in tears at the end and tried to comfort them by saying, “it’s just a movie guys, the dog doesn’t really die.” Sometimes I think that kids handle things like this better than adults do. At the very least, we might look at why we hide them from this type of death which really does happen while we, as a culture, are so keen to expose them to the types of fictionalized and romanticized and often gruesome death that takes place in so many action-adventure films. I say, kudos for making a film that deals with the type of situation a child is likely to encounter in real life. It’s okay to have tears when we feel sad and yes, it is only a movie. The dog didn’t really die.

Starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin, Nathan Gamble, Haley Bennett.

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