I watched this fully expecting not to like it- but you'd have to be pretty hard hearted and cynical not to appreciate its charms even a little bit.
How many movies do we see in this modern age that (rightly) devote so much attention to such an adorable animal while making itself something to watch for the entire family? I can't think of any others right now, so on we go. Based on the memoirs of the same name, the writer John Grogan and his wife Jenny, in an attempt to prepare themselves for having kids, acquire a Labrador retriever puppy who is named Marley after singer Bob Marley. Then, as Marley grows up, hijinks ensue as the family grows and changes, all the while they all continue to bond with their furry companion. Much like the book it's based on, this film should tug at the heartstrings from beginning to end. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston actually do make a convincing couple. They're not perfect, but absolute perfection is boring. The flaws in their "coupling" are what make them more interesting to watch, even during the more hammy moments. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll...experience just about every emotion known to man. This film is a 21st century family picture and should not be missed.