Marley & Me
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A New York Times bestseller, Marley & Me is a memoir of Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan's life with his yellow Labrador retriever. The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.
When a dog wriggles his adorable rear end into a human's life, the human will never be the same. And both Marley, the dog, and Marley & Me, the movie, manage to endear themselves deeply despite a few wee flaws. Readers of the John Grogan bestseller already know the raffish charm of the incorrigible yellow lab puppy, Marley, adopted by Grogan and his wife because she's "never seen anything more adorable in my life." But Grogan's simple tale of love, in all its forms, shines on the big screen, thanks to deft comic turns by Jennifer Aniston--in top form here--and Owen Wilson. Their chemistry is utterly natural and believable as Marley's owners, as is their interaction with the very naughty but ultimately irresistible Marley. As Marley grows up, the film follows his escapades--flunking out, spectacularly, from puppy training at the hands of a wickedly funny Kathleen Turner. And as Marley grows up, John and Jenny build their life together and weather some tough emotional blows. Like My Dog Skip, which it resembles in its affection for its subject, Marley & Me is a tear-jerker, but in the sweetest, most lovely way--because it, and its four-legged star, have wriggled into our hearts. Good boy. --A.T. Hurley
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The day she died, I came home from school, and as soon as I walked in the door, I knew something was off. My mother's eyes where swollen from tears, and when Goldie walked up to me, I knew why.
Her tail was still wagging, but her throat was about 4 sizes bigger then normal. I knew. It was the last day for her.
My mother put me in the car, but I stopped her. I told her "I did not get to say goodbye". Now, Imagine a child running from a car to say goodbye to their best friend.
I remember so clearly my last sight and smell of her. I knelt down on the kitchen floor (which is where she was laying) and I said
Her tail just wagged slightly and she let out a sigh.. That was the last time I saw my best friend. But I know I will see her again over the rainbow bridge. I have too. She was an angel, and was too good for here....
I just watched this again with my now 13 month old Lab Isabel. This is not the greatest movie in the world, but I love it. It made me laugh and made me cry. Isabel is no longer chewing walls, but she has ripped apart the furniture and I will need to completely redecorate once she gets past the chewing stage. Nonetheless, she is the friendliest, nicest, most loving dog ever, and Marley and Me really captures the specialness that is the Labrador Retriever. They are indeed the best dog ever!