Marley and Me

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2008
Marley and Me


Adaptation of John Grogan’s bestselling memoir about an incorrigible Labrador retriever. Marley is the yellow lab adopted by Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife. Their idea was to give them a taste of parenthood, but the dog proved to be a hyperactive handful. He wreaks havoc, gets kicked out of obedience school and gets even worse when the children begin to arrive, yet becomes an indispensable part of the family.

Dove Review

Marley is quite a dog. He has no shame and doesn’t know what it means to be embarrassed. When his owner, John Grogan, visits a home for sale, Marley moves with lightning speed and runs through the house to the open back door and dives in the pool. Grogan is the one embarrassed, and he asks the owner “Whose dog is that?”

Despite his fondness for chewing up the furniture, eating mangos and leaving proof of this in front of the house, as well as a host of other embarrassing habits, there is never a dull moment around him. Known in the beginning as the “clearance dog” as John and his wife Jennifer got him for a great price, they do grow very fond of him which makes for a meaningful and sad ending. However, due to some sexual comments and innuendos, we are unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Some sexual innuendos and comments; married couple kiss and are shown beginning to make love although this isn't a graphic scene.
Language: G/OMG-15; Friggin-1; Frickin-1; D-1; Cr*p-6; SOB-2; H-4; Slang for testicles-2; A-2; B-1; Slang for breasts-1; B-1; S-1; P-1
Violence: Marley knocks over things all the time but no one is seriously hurt.
Drugs: A few drinking scenes including drinking beer and drinking of champagne on wedding day; a "bong head" comment;
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men; girls in bikinis; women and men in bathing suits; outline of girl in shower but nothing shown.
Other: The subject of death and grief is included in the movie. A pet is shown being put down by a vet and it does show the shot.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Scott Frank and Don Roos
Director: David Frankel
Producer: Gil Netter
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter