• Drugs/Alcohol:  There's a scene with the "stoner" dogs, plus Marmaduke and Carlos are given a sedative in some meatballs so they'll sleep during a cross-country move.

  • Language/Profanity:  No actual profanity, just rude words like "butt," "sucks" and derogatory remarks like "loser" and "spaz." Plus, there's a lot of scatological humor, mostly involving dogs with excess gas.

  • Sex/Nudity:  None, but the Winslow's teenage daughter does wear a skimpy bikini at the beach. 

  • Violence:  Mostly shenanigans of a comedic canine nature like Marmaduke frequently knocking over his master. There's also tension between the requisite mean dog of the bunch, Bosco and Marmaduke.

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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