Even when they do eventually become Mom and Dad to a brood of three, though, Marley is a constant fixture in John’s and Jenny’s lives. Providing comfort when Jenny suffers a miscarriage early in one pregnancy and boundless laughter when life is becoming too stressful, Marley not only provides constant fodder for John’s column, but the unconditional love that often waxes and wanes with humans.

Unlike many Hollywood movies, Marley & Me also provides a realistic, yet thoroughly praiseworthy endorsement for marriage. Sure, it’s certainly unrealistic when John is offered double his pay when he’s promoted to a columnist (a LOL-worthy moment for any working journalist today), and when life’s true bliss is presented as living a yuppie-like existence in the gorgeous Pennsylvania countryside. But aside from that, John and Jenny have chosen to honor their marriage vows no matter where the journey takes them.  It’s a solid message that underscores the importance of family—with or without a menacing canine in the picture.

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking.
  • Language/Profanity:  A smattering of your standard-issue profanity, plus a couple of instances where the Lord’s name is taken in vain.
  • Sex/Nudity:  In addition to a couple of jokes of a sexual nature, there are a few flirty moments between husband and wife, plus discussion of miscarriages and pregnancy. There’s also a few ladies sporting some pretty skimpy attire at the beach.
  • Violence:  Nothing that’s not strictly of a comedic nature, and given Marley’s often-destructive nature, these moments are plentiful.


Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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