I just have to really quickly call bullshit on the part of the marketing people in the employ of Marley & Me's Production studio. Look at this DVD case:
Adorable, no? What do you think this movie will be? Cute? Sweet? Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston? Must be funny, too! Oh, and look there at the bottom... "The Best Family Film of the Year". Perfect for date night or to watch with the whole family! Great! And bear in mind that if you BUY this title there is this eye-catching sticker on the plastic proclaiming in BIG letters: "HILARIOUS!!" (in smaller letters underneath "out takes and bloopers").
So would it be outside the realm of rationality to think this movie will be cute and funny and sweet? I mean, look at that fucking puppy! I think that is the general idea they were trying to portray here. And for that, I call them damn, dirty liars.
Now, bear in mind I REFUSE to see this movie since I saw the cover of the book it is based on BEFORE they hired Jennifer Aniston to be in the film... doesn't take a genius to see that this will end badly. Very badly. Old Yeller badly.
Here's my beef. They are deliberately misrepresenting the level of misery this movie will bring to you. What a way to suck in an unsuspecting sap to screen this on family night. All the kiddos sobbing. Wife heaving and blubbering. Old Man trying to hold strong, face beet red, claiming the allergens are really up all of a sudden. Listen, if I wanted to see TOM cry, I'd put on a Mandy Moore movie, ok?
'Til then, Marley can fucking suck it. I don't do violence against kid movies OR dead dog flicks. No matter how cute the dog on the cover is.