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Entertainment Weekly reviews the Marley Movie

Friday, January 02, 2009

In a recent review, Entertainment Weekly gave Marley & Me the movie a grade of A-. More importantly, the writer did a nice job interpreting the overarching themes of both my book and the movie adaptation. My favorite line in the review was this one: "Marley stands in for all the unruliness that can never be domesticated out of life."

A crazy, neurotic dog as a metaphor for all that is unpredictable and challenging about life? Who knew!

Marley & Me (2008)
By Owen Gleiberman

In Marley & Me, it doesn't take long to learn why Marley, an incorrigibly frisky golden Labrador retriever adopted by Florida newspaper writers John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston), is the ''world's worst dog.'' He's friendly and lovable, but he devours everything in sight — drywall, socks, big chunks of furniture (no, he doesn't just chew on them, he eats them). As a dog owner, I can testify that Marley & Me, based on the real John Grogan's smash 2005 memoir, is the single most endearing and authentic movie about the human–canine connection in decades. As directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada), though, it's also something more: a disarmingly enjoyable, wholehearted comic vision of the happy messiness of family life.

John and Jenny share an existence that, from the standpoint of our current economic times, already looks like paradise. He's a reporter who gets refashioned, by his testy editor (Alan Arkin), into a lifestyle columnist (only to keep complaining about it — poor guy!). She's a feature writer who becomes a stay-at-home mom. As the kids come along (three of them), the Grogans move into bigger and bigger houses, yet they have thwarted ambitions, fights that go on for days, and a general attitude of wistful loss toward all the freedoms they have given up to become parents. Marley & Me celebrates two ordinary people as they try to fit love, work, children, and one volcanically misbehaved pooch into a single space. Marley may be the dog from hell, but we're meant to see that the Grogans, in their hearts, wouldn't have it any other way. Marley stands in for all the unruliness that can never be domesticated out of life.

You can domesticate Owen Wilson, but the shock is how good the role of beleaguered breadwinner looks on him. He and Aniston forge a nimble connection (they even get mad in style), and Wilson has a scene near the end with Marley that's the most wrenchingly tender acting of his career. Using his scratchy, lackadaisical warmth to voice a testament to family, and to where dogs fit into it, he makes you feel like it's a wonderful life indeed. A-

posted by John Grogan at 11:32 AM


Blogger Pat Putignano said...

Dear Mr. Grogan,

I would give the movie an A+! While most reviews are positive, I've come across some which are more critical, writing that without the dog, all you are left is a movie about the boring lives of a newly wed couple. I find reviews like that very unfair for obvious reasons. In any event, I'm also glad to hear that Marley and Me is beating all the other movies at the box office.

Pat Putignano, Huntington NY

11:59 AM  
Blogger tootie said...

Ditto. I give it an A+, too!

I knew the movie would be good, but it turned out to be even better than I thought.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Gi said...

Hi, John!

I give it an A+ as well!

The final scene that Owen made with "Marley" in realy touching.

In only one week, the Movie Marley and Me managed to reach the second position on Top 5 of the most seen here in Brazil!

And it's going to reach the top pretty soon!


Giovana, 19
São Paulo - Brazil

12:54 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Mr Grogan;

Congrats on such a wonderful story! I loved both the book and the movie. I wish more people were like you and I and welcomed these four legged creatures into their homes and hearts like we both do. I have two; Matrix and Tallie, their both labs so I to have some funny stories to tell. Believe it or not Matrix looks alot like the "older" Marley in the movie so of course it was even harder for me to watch the end. And God Bless you for not turning your back on little Woodson, I'm sure he's getting the best care possible and that makes him one special pup. I wish him and your family the best. Thanks for the laughter and the tears.

Tracy Parsons, Lawrenceburg TN

1:55 PM  
Blogger JRxoxo8 said...

Hi John!
I give it an A+ as well!!!
The movie did involve a dog so what's the use criticizing the movie without a dog? I thought it was fantastic :]
At the end of the movie near the closing scenes, I feel like that touched everybody's hearts in the audience and when you read the book as well. Tears streaming down faces is all I saw leaving the theatre, including my own! I love reading your articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer and I think you are a phenomenal writer!

-Jenna Rowan, Bucks County PA

3:47 PM  
Blogger JRxoxo8 said...

Hi John!
I give it an A+ as well!!!
The movie did involve a dog so what's the use criticizing the movie without a dog? I thought it was fantastic :]
At the end of the movie near the closing scenes, I feel like that touched everybody's hearts in the audience and when you read the book as well. Tears streaming down faces is all I saw leaving the theatre, including my own! I love reading your articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer and I think you are a phenomenal writer!

-Jenna Rowan, Bucks County PA

3:48 PM  
Blogger JRxoxo8 said...

Hi John!
I give it an A+ as well!!!
The movie did involve a dog so what's the use criticizing the movie without a dog? I thought it was fantastic :]
At the end of the movie near the closing scenes, I feel like that touched everybody's hearts in the audience and when you read the book as well. Tears streaming down faces is all I saw leaving the theatre, including my own! I love reading your articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer and I think you are a phenomenal writer!

-Jenna Rowan, Bucks County PA

3:48 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I thought the movie was ok. I would give it a C. But your book was an A+++! I felt that the movie didn't capture enough of Marley's personality.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

I liked the movie, but I loved the book!

And hey, didn't you say Marley NEVER went in the house? What's the deal with him peeing on the coffee table?

7:47 PM  
Blogger DMW said...

I really liked the movie. There were a few parts from the book I would have liked to have seen in the movie but, oh well.

I was also hoping the end would be different that Marley never got old and stayed the exuberant pup as always. But then again I knew that wasn't possible either.

Congratulations to all on a fine movie A+ and to John for a wonderful book. AAA+++

8:25 PM  
Blogger Linda Burke said...

Hi John,
I haven't seen the movie yet, but I will. I just finished reading your book and it is 1 year today we lost our 13 yr old Yellow Lab Brandy. It has been all year and especially today emotional. But, we did save a Cocker Spaniel/Yellow Lab Retriever puppy from the SPCA. His name is Chase and when I look into his eyes, I see Brandy.All the things you wrote in the book of Marley's last days brought back so many memories and that big thumping tail, I will never forget the sound of it. What a great book and I know the movie will be just as good

9:13 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Saw Marly and Me on New Year's Eve and I'm still touched by the movie! Thank you for sharing your story.

L from Fort Worth, TX

8:21 AM  
Blogger Jamesw2 said...

Dear John Grogan
Marley & Me would have been a different story, if you had taken some time out of every day to obedience train him. As part of future public service announcements (PSA's) please help keep dogs from learning unwanted behaviors.
“Three main causes of dog behavioral problems are Lack of Training: Permitting the dog to teach himself. Expecting him to sort out the daily events and responding with the right behavior. To know when he did something wrong and to correct his own behavior. . . .The more intelligence an untrained dog has, the more likely he is to run the human family due to his instinctual pecking order needs.”
“Improper Training: Especially the abusive alpha wolf/dog roll/over training methods.”
“Humanization Where the dog is an emotional/human substitute” from Dog & Human Behavior by C.W. Meisterfeld
This information was out there and available to you when you had Marley. How great a story it would have played by saving Marley’s neurotic life and learning how to establish a bond with him.

8:41 AM  
Blogger shirleyb said...

Dear John:

I've seen the movie twice and loved it each time. A++++.

Happy New Year


10:39 AM  
Blogger Dorr said...

The USAToday last week said Marley beat Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler and Brad Pitt for the Christmas day opening film.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Dear John:

Kudos to you for such a wonderful book. I am very happy to say that the movie adaptation was great as well. I am absolutely enamored with Marley. He was definitely a special dog! I am so glad that he was able to live 13 wonderful years with such a spectacular family. As with the book, I was sobbing when I watched the end of the movie. I have to say that I was very impressed by Owen Wilson. He showed a great deal of heart. I also was elated to see you and your family and Gracie on the Dog Whisperer. It was nice to see how genuinely loving and caring you all are. In that respect, I think Marley sent you a "gift" with new puppy, Woodson. I believe that all things happen for a reason. I'd like to believe that your special needs puppy was guided to your family by Marley because he knew that you were the perfect people to have the love and patience to accept Woodson, just as you did for him. Wishing you continued good luck with the book, movie, and with Gracie and Woodson. I will never forget Marley!

Many regards,
Danielle, Staten Island, NY

5:05 PM  
Blogger Kevin Knuth said...

I admit- my wife and I both were crying!

We had to put down a great dog last May, and this movie brought back a lot of memories- both happy and sad.

I stayed through the credits- not to watch the credits, but to watch the crowd as they exited- a lot of tears were flowing!

Beautiful story, great movie!

6:49 PM  
Blogger Jeromeian said...

Dear John,
About 2 years ago, my Mother loaned me her copy of Marley and Me. She said it was one of the best books she has ever read. I read it and had to agree. I went to the movie tonight. I loved it.
We lost our 9 year old Rottie, Max to bone cancer in April and at times it feels like it was yesterday. The last 15 minutes of the movie brought it all back. It crushed my heart to relive it because what happened in the movie with Owen and Marley at the end was exactly what I went through being with Max as he died.
It also brought back all the wonderful times I had with our crazy boy.
Thank you for releasing the book and huge kudos for the movie.

9:49 PM  
Blogger dusty53 said...

I'm so glad you wrote the book Marley and Me. I bought it after it came out. And now a movie! Marley is really flapping his angel wings! You did him justice and made him proud. I haven't seen the movie but I will when the crowd dies down. It has been hard to find a place to park and the crowds have been unreal. Thanks for a great book and now a great movie. Marley and Girl (my beloved dog) are probably playing together in heaven.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Krisandgreg said...

Dear John,

Thank you so much for telling your story of Marley. I thought the movie was very well done and I think every dog owner saw a little bit of their own dog(s) in the shannigans of Marley! Also, your movie was inspiring to me in that you went after your own dreams and made them come true. Someday in the near future, my dream is to open a non for profit no kill dog shelter. There aren't enough of these facilities nationwide and too many dogs are euthanized each year. How that is human, I'll never understand. Maybe in the near future, once I get my shelter going, I can ask you for a donation.

Thank you again for telling your story. It was truly inspiring.


Kristen Brown

5:43 AM  
Blogger Ann LD said...

Hi, John. This is one of your ex-readers from your Inquirer days. I miss your column! But aside from that, I just saw the movie last week and enjoyed it thoroughly. There was audible sobbing in the theatre at the end. We were all animal lovers in the audience. I was wondering if you have ever put together a compilation of all of your Marley columns -- from both newspapers. I would be interested in reading about Marley's earlier antics. Are they available anywhere?

8:44 AM  
Blogger sara said...

Dear Mr Grogan

i look forward to seeing the movie Marley & Me when it comes to the UK in March.
i have just finished reading your book Marley Me is was funny all the things marley got up to, i could see him in my three Labradors, i have one that does the wiggle and one that circles for 10 mintues before relieving himself. by the end of the book i was unconsolable crying. its so hard saying goodbye!
I am looking forward to reading your new book the longest trip home released here on the 22nd.
Good luck and much happiness to you and your family and the much loved Gracie and Woodson

Best Wishes
Sarah Freeman, Scotland, UK

12:48 PM  
Blogger Lynn & Bill Joslin said...

My husband Bill and I felt like we were watching a movie about ourselves. We moved from Deerfield Bch. to the countryside of Chattanooga, Tn. with our yellow lab Asher, to let him live out the rest of his beautiful life with us finally, off of a leash. His hips went, but not his spirit and the love of his 5 acres of woods and walks with us. We carried him his last days up to those woods, and like you John, he told us when it was time to go. It was all brought back watching your wonderful story. Then our new yellow lab, Wheeler, that we found wandering out in the country malnourished and sick, chewed up our Marley and Me book before I could finish it. So, we saw your movie, and I got to finish it and come home and kissed Wheeler and walked that goofy guy up in our beautiful woods.
Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am.
Lynn Joslin
McDonald, Tn.

12:52 PM  
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1:28 PM  
Blogger Every Photo Tells A Story said...

I loved your book, John:) Saw the movie, and the dog(s) who portrayed Marley get an A+ from me. Will you write another dog book?

4:12 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I took my ten year old son and eight year old daughter to see Marley and Me after my son read the book for his Friday morning book club at school. The movie was packed, all ages of people were in the theater, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house at the end of the movie. My son loved the book and loved the movie even more...both want to see it again. My daughter wants to read the book now, and along with already owning a 16 and a half year old dog, wants to get a "Marley" dog also. Well, maybe one day. Thank you so much for a wonderful story, simple enough for children to understand, and it brought back many memories of my dog when I was growing up, and the memory of her passing. We give both the movie and book high marks.
Thank you so much,
Katie, Bucks County, PA

5:17 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Dear Mr. Grogan,
I read Marley & Me this summer and I thought it was truly an amazing book. It is my favorite book by far. Then, I went to see it at the movies. It is now my favorite movie. The story is so amazing. I have two golden retrievers, one named Gracie actually, and I cannot imagine losing them but know one day I will have to face it. When I read the book I cried so hard and when I saw the movie I think I cried harder. I live in PA near you and I am only young. I think your story about Marley and you and your family was amazing. Thanks for sharing it with me

5:22 PM  
Blogger Débora said...

Dear Mr. Grogan,
I still haven't had opportunity to see the movie "Marley and Me" because I live in Brazil and here It still didn't come. I'm eargely waiting because your book touched me much. I sent an email to you to give congratulations on the history. Thanks for you to touch all of us.

5:30 PM  
Blogger KellyA said...

I read Marley and Me twice - it was possibly the best book I have ever read. I followed the plans to make the book into a movie, and was so disappointed when they chose Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson - even though I love both actors - because I thought they were too comedic, and that there was no way they could possibly capture some of the raw emotions that were so vital to this book. I have never been more wrong about anything in my life. Thank you Jennifer and Owen, you both nailed these two characters - I am honestly stunned by your performances. And John, thank you for sharing your family's unforgettable story with us. A+

Kelly, Ft. Worth, TX

6:08 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

Mr. Grogan, I saw the movie Marley and Me yesterday afternoon. My, what a wonderful movie it was! It was quite touching to see how Marley affected your life and family throughout the years. Dogs have a way of doing that, you know?

After the movie, I went home and hugged my three Greyhounds, whom I absolutely adore. One of them, Lucy, acts very much like your Marley! It's never a dull moment at my home and, honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Congrats on the success of the book and the movie. Now, I must go buy that book and read it!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Aimless Writer said...

I read Marley and Me months ago. It was great.
I went to see the movie just two weeks after I had to put my own dog Loki to sleep. (13 year old Shelti) Okay, maybe I should have waited as the pain was still too fresh, but it was still a wonderful movie. I don't think there was a dry eye in the theater as everyone fell in love with Marley. (and you too!)
Thanks for sharing Marley with us.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Spruce Hill said...

We just loved the movie, It was very hard for all of us (13 in total) to stop crying afterwards. It took the car ride home to calm everyone down and we still had cryers when we got home!

10:16 AM  
Blogger FlyAway said...

Thank you for writing about your life with Marley. I read the book when it first came out and re-read it 2 more times, one time reading to my family. We just went to see the movie and I felt they really did your book justice, Your book and the movie deserved A++++.

Also on another note I just wanted to give my appreciation to you and Jenny for sharing a moment in your life where you had your miscarriage and how Marley comforted you. My family also has had that loss and I mean my whole family, my dogs were right there to comfort us.
Thanks again for showing the world how to have True Unconditional love for all your family even the furry members.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Good movie! Great book! I love the story of Marley. I have a "Marley" of my own and that makes your story that much sweeter.


2:23 PM  
Blogger Eileen Weidman said...

Thank you so very much for writing such a wonderful book that stirred my soul. I loved the book and cried the big ugly cry after reading it. It stayed with me for days. It moved me and touched me in a way no other book ever had, so I was so excited when the movie came out. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. I had trouble accepting Owen Wilson. I would have cast Ryan Reynolds. Jennifer Aniston was easier to accept in her role. Like most book-to-movie pictures, it ventured away from the actual book, fabricated some of it, and left out a hell of a lot. I guess they wanted to do a comedy and so the screenplay was written accordingly, but I would've appreciated it if they would've kept the integrity of the book and not infused their own Hollywood "creative writing." I still cried like a baby at the end.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Hi John,
Your book touched my heart a few years ago when as I was shopping in Target, I just had to buy it just in time as a Christmas gift to my Mom. We have a black lab who is now 16. Who knew 3 years later, Senior Sam aka Sammi( as we call her ) would still be here with us and just this past weekend my husband and I went to see Marley & Me. We couldn't control the tears. I thought the movie was so beautiful. So true to your words in your book. You should be very proud of what you have written and most importantly of Marley!
All the Best,

4:57 PM  
Blogger Living as a Free Agent said...

Hello John,

I will smile believing that you will read this sometime and like all writers will enjoy the validation of your work.

First, I never thought a book about a dog would grab me like "Marely and Me" did. A friend of mine who also writes recommended your book, so I said, "what the heck." I was hooked on page one. Not only was the story interesting but it was very well written. My pet loving side kicked in but maybe more than that, the love of a story well told. You inspired me to find the story in me that needs to be told.

Finally,I was ready to see the movie. I haven't cried like that in a long time. Thanks for inspiring us.

Many thanks and best wishes for continued success.

Lynne Brandon, Greensboro NC

7:09 PM  
Blogger kelley said...

Mr. Grogan: I am now reading your book for the THIRD time. I saw the movie this past weekend and fell in love! Honestly, the individuals selected to be in the movie were PERFECT. My husband shed a tear as he is probably a bigger dog lover than I am. We have our "unruly" sheltie who always finds himself in trouble. However, in recent days I have found myself saying: oh nisbet, its no big deal. Thank you for writing your book AND for the movie. I will see it again! Thank you also for approving OR selecting the actors-they made it perfect!

Kelley, Norwalk, CT

6:54 AM  
Blogger margeka said...

Dear dear Mr. Grogan, I'm still weeping after finishing your book. I had to have it, having just seen the movie last week-end. How wonderful, touching, hiliarious, tender it was. A+ for sure. God Bless you for keeping Woodson and may Marley rest in peace. Our boys, Duke 12 yrs and Ranger 6 mos, both yellow labs are the joy of our lives. You really captured the meaning of dog ownership. The love that transends between master and dog is fully realized in your book. Thank you for writing it and allowing it to be filmed.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

A+ to the movie and the book. Aside from the great choice in actors (I <3 owen wilson)I think they did a great job of keeping the movie very close to the book which is a great thing. I have been disapointed in the past when the movie and book have nothing to do with each other. Anyway, thanks again Mr grogan for a great story it really touched my heart and I waited months to watch the movie and me and my mother where there on opening day :)

7:17 AM  
Blogger Monique Lôbo said...

Mr John Grogan,
My name is Monique, I am Brazilian and I was pleased to read your book Marley $ Me.
I loved reading each page of your book.I identified a bit with his story because I have a poodle female (his name is Xuxa) and she is very spoiled by my parents,and does pee in the house,climb the table and steals food,controls the timing of all, because we can not leave her alone for a minute because she cries desperately,and she is already old, takes medicine for seizures of epilepsy, and she is with a foot hurts,but still doing great mess!
I loved knowing their history, and I feel the same unconditional love for my dog.
Excuse my English, it is very bad, but I needed to tell you how much I liked to read his book, your book that made me as well!
A hug from a Brazilian reader who became one more in love with Marley.
Monique Lôbo, Salvador-BA,Brasil

11:37 AM  
Blogger janet said...

My sister gave me "Marley and Me" a year or two ago and I found myself laughing and crying while reading, always the sign of a wonderful book. I badgered everyone in my family to go see the movie the day after Christmas so I attended with my sister, her husband and my parents. My son and husband had to be elsewhere. We all laughed and cried together and I was very pleased with the adaptation and the acting. My family always had dogs when I was gowing up and my husband and I have had many dogs, most of them rescue animals. They have given us much and right now we are in the thrall of a jack russell who has taken over our empty nest and sleeps with us - never thought my neatnik husband would allow such a thing but he is helpless against her wiles. We also have a sweet mutt who we found sleeping in the freezer compartment of an abandoned refrigerator one cold winter day many years ago.

My sister gave me "The Longest Trip Home" for Christmas this year and I just finished reading it tonight. I was so moved by certain passages I have tabbed those pages for future reference. I have been on my own spiritual journey this past year and, after a life of 57 years believing in God but not knowing how to have a real relationship with Him, I have discovered the joy of doing just that. You are obviously a very spiritual person due to the influence of your parents and others and seem to be drawing closer to a relationship you have not known how to enjoy in the past. Whatever happens, you are giving others great joy, lots of entertainment and something they can relate to through your writing. I have always wanted to be able to do that and hope I can find the time to begin to set some of my journey to words. God Bless you, your family and your wonderful canines.

Janet Dudley, Scotland Neck, NC

5:35 PM  
Blogger Julia Ludgero said...

Olá John

Amei essa história, simplismente a maior história de amor que já li em toda minha vida!!!! Me diverti, ri e chorei muito, pra quem tem um amor desses dentro de casa e sabe da grandeza de um animal se identificou bastante com a relação de vcs.

Ana Paula

5:05 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

We lost Tanner, our 13 yr old yellow lab/cocker mix last spring. Right up to the time he left us people would ask "How old is your puppy?" because he always looked like a 6 month old lab pup. Watching the movie about Marley brought back so many memories. Tanner was a handful and never stopped being a challenge and we loved him totally. We are now enjoying the new challange of Hailey, our Lab/Border Collie pup. They are all so special. Each one has such a big heart and personality of their own. What a special gift to have them in our lives!
I volunteer at our local Humane Society and see the endless number of dogs come through, some going to new homes but others that never make it. That is heartbreaking. But with every pup who finds a forever home, the good that we do out weighs the pain we experience.
Dogs being the center of my world, of course I read "Marley & Me" as soon as it came out and anticipated a movie would follow. Watching "Marley" was a joy,a heartache and a memorable experience. Thank you, John, for sharing and kudos to you for your success. Keep writing!

8:00 PM  
Blogger MARLEY LOVER said...

Mr. Grogan
I loved your book. I hope you will write another dog book. Maybe about your new dog. I saw the movie and I cried, read the book and cried. I like to write and I was wondering if I could use the name Marley and have it a yellow lab. Now don't worry Mr. Grogan I am only 13 so it isn't like it will be published. I just like to write so I have my ideas down. Thanks for writing such a great book!
Marley lover. :)

8:11 PM  
Blogger Dayane Koch said...

Hi John ..
Well I watched the movie Marley & Me, and I have fallen in love! I'm crazy about and I have 3 dogs at home! I read your book and also that every time I remember crying a lot! I cried seeing the film and twice more by reading the book, it is a pity that so little dogs live, and even without having met the Marley I love him and am very sad to know that he was!

Very successful

3:37 AM  
Blogger Dayane Koch said...

Oww .. and sorry for my English! I'm Brazilian from São Paulo!


7:24 AM  
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5:10 PM  
Blogger Sandie said...

I just went to see the movie today and loved it. It touched all of us including a husband that doesn't cry at movies. Thanks so much for sharing Marley's story.

Another dog lover :), Sandie Gilbert

5:12 PM  
Blogger N I N N I said...

HALLO I haven´t seen the movie yet but i really look forward to it. I just read the book and i loved it!
Have a little dog in our family, and i recognize the big love so much!
Dogs are so wonderful!
Thank you for a good book!
Greetings from The aland islands in Finland!

1:59 AM  
Blogger N I N N I said...

HALLO I haven´t seen the movie yet but i really look forward to it. I just read the book and i loved it!
Have a little dog in our family, and i recognize the big love so much!
Dogs are so wonderful!
Thank you for a good book!
Greetings from The aland islands in Finland!

1:59 AM  
Blogger micmgrace said...

I saw Marley and Me, even after reading the book. I was very excited to see that the movie really followed the book. So many movies from books don't keep it all in tact. I hope that after seeing the movie, people really think twice about why they want a dog in their lives. It's a living, breathing creature that requires time, energy, and delicate handling.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Krystall_G said...

Dear Mr. Grogan,

I just finished reading your book and I loved it and intend to see the movie. My parents dog is going to be 11 in April and she is blind, but still hyperactive most days. She gets so excited when I go over to visit and she always thinks I'm only there to visit her and no on else. Your book made me realize it is getting closer to the time when we will lose her, but I am remembering all the good times we have had with her and enjoying the time we have with her now.

Also, my husband's parents have a chocolate lab named Phoebe who is getting up around 10 years of age I think and Marley made me think of her. She is so hyperactive for her age and a big goof. She almost caught the house on fire a few years ago. She jumped up to get pancakes off the stove and turned the burner on when no one was home. When my mother-in-law came home, the front of the microwave (it was an under the cabinet one above the stove) was melted and the house was filled with smoke. Over the 7 & 1/2 years my husband and I dated, got engaged then got married, Phoebe has been a part of my life and as crazy as she is and as much as my mother-in-law says she is the "worst" labrador they have ever had, we all love her and wouldn't replace her. I am going to loan my copy of your book to his mother-in-law so she can read it and see for herself she is not the only one with the "worst" labrador.


11:40 AM  
Blogger David Jackson said...

Hello John, I give the movie a "F"... I brought my children to see this movie and found myself leaving midway through it. The movie had a great story but I did not allow my children to finish seeing it due to the unacceptable content. The sexual tones and not to mention the use of foul language( Son of a Bitch...Bastard )the comment Owen Wilson made to Jennifer about her being in bed waiting for him with another woman etc....etc.. were too much for me to allow....It is a shame that a movie with a good story behind it is overshadowed by this kind of content. I was embarrassed for my children. If this was your intentions to intice people to bring their families with the lure of a puppy/ got me on it...I hope in the future your material for families is more acceptable...I will pray for you...

8:20 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Dear John Grogan.
The Marley and Me movie isn't out in Ireland yet, but I shall be looking forward to watching it. You're book was so touching. I've never had a dog before, but reading your book has really encouraged me to annoy my parents into getting the family one. Unfortunitely my mom won't even consider it but I know deep down my dad wants one. In all honesty, Marley and Me is the best book I've ever read. It made me laugh out loud, it even made me cry. Thank you for it, it has been an inspiration to many. It's hard to believe that the idea of getting Marley could spring from over-watering a plant. Much Love, Rosie(15), Ireland

11:52 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Mr. Grogan,
I also give the movie and book an A+. I have the children's book Bad Dog Marley as well and my 3rd grade students love it. My husband and I have so many things in common with your family. We have a 2 year old blonde lab named Dozzer that is our world. After 4 years of marriage we decided to start a family, with a human child not just our dog child, and had a miscarrage. We went and saw the movie opening night and cried our eyes out, too many things we could relate to. Thanks for all the good laughs and tears.
Angela, TX

2:47 PM  
Blogger Danushka said...

hey john
i watched the movie and it moved me. because i have gone thorough the same experience with my German shepherd. i wish i could write more. but i doubt that anyone would read ir because its kindda like the same story.. just imagine a marley(except his name is angus) thank you for the book.


12:49 AM  
Blogger ishi_gidwani95 said...

Dear Mr. Grogan,
I have to admit, I am not a fan of books, therefore I do not read many novels. However, I am a huge fan of Jennifer Aniston, therefore made sure I watched the movie Marley and Me. I thought it was a great movie. Owen and Jennifer share great on-screen chemistry. After having watched the movie, I really want to read the novel written by you, I think I will really enjoy reading the novel even though don't like reading. I am also terrified of dogs. Every time a dog comes next to me, I get really really scared as I do not know what the dog is thinking, and that really scares me, however again after watching the movie, I think I would like a Marley of my own! I read what you wrote about your own dog Woodson. I think that was a brilliant choice you made. I hope you and your family have a great time together with your dog Woodson. I am sure he will be a lot better after some time.
Thank you so much for writing the book, as the movie would have not been possible without our book!
Good luck and best wishes for the future!
Kind Regards,
Ishitaa.G, Manhattan NY

5:58 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I loved both the book and the film version. I especially loved your children's expectations upon your move to Pennsylvania. Ahhh...our children have such visual expectations, don't they?

Marley has certainly left his footprints on your heart and the lives of all that come to know him through the film and book. This is my favorite dog quote: "Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are".
Our dogs, greet us and treat us as if we are truly special. It is quite humbling, when we realize their pure adoration.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Susan Calvert said...

"Susan Calvert reviews the Marley & Me movie":

9:42 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Dear Mr. Grogan,

I loved the movie and now I am currently reading the book. I can easily relate to your story. My husband and I have been married for about a year and half and we have a black lab mix, Abbey Road (named after the Beatles album). While watching the movie and now reading the book, I can see my husband and I in your story line. Don't get me wrong Abbey is no Marley. She is much calmer but still easily excited and clumsy. It is just so amazing how dogs become so ingrained your life that you can't imagine life without them.

Thank you for sharing Marley with us!


2:40 PM  
Blogger Amazed said...

Great book, great movie, great story! Most of the dogs I have owned (many) have had more Marley qualities than not!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Leonardo said...

Dear Mr. John Grogan,

Good night.

My name is Leonardo Vale, i'm a journalist and i just finnished to read your book, "Marley & Me", at this exact moment. My face still wet... the tears keep falling from my eyes. I just wanted to thank you by the good times that you gave me with the book and film, currently in poster here in Brazil. I always had dogs at home, are currently 5. Congratulations by the persistence and for don't give up Marley. 13 years of "disastrous" meeting with him was fabulous, or not? I read the book at the last three days. I bought it on the last friday and finished today, monday. Thank you, man. In these three days, i was always closely with the book. The story absolutely caught my attention, and that was so special, because i identified myself in your relationship with Marley. I had my doubts about my next dog. Today I'm sure, will be a labrador...

Congratulations by the precious wife - a very strong woman - and the lovely children. God bless you all!

Thank You, again. I wish you more success.

Leonardo Vale, Belo Horizonte/Minas Gerais - Brasil.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Pesculiar said...

Just finished watching the movie a minute ago. Look forward to reading a book. All your books.

8:31 AM  

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