->''A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?''
-->-- John Grogan

The story of newspaper columnist John Grogan, his wife and children and their manic Labrador Retriever Marley, the 2005 book became an unexpected success particularly amongst pet owners. It was made into TheFilmOfTheBook in 2008, with Owen Wilson and Creator/JenniferAniston as the protagonists.

Got a DirectToVideo sequel, ''Marley and Me: The Puppy Years'' (2011) with Marley SuddenlyVoiced. Err...yeah.

!!This work provides examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: John and Jenny Grogan are NOT unattractive people... but they don't look like Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston either.
* BigFriendlyDog
* {{Bowdlerise}}: When numerous children expressed interest in the book, John Grogan put out a child- friendly version, eliminating the more adult content, namely the, er, frank discussion of marital relations (not just their sex life, but Jenny's miscarriage, problems with her second pregnancy and post-partum depression, etc.)
** Arguably, the complete exclusion of anything referencing [[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]] is an example of this, even though you'd figure a movie about a journalist would at least mention it.
* CanisMajor
* CruelToBeKind: John decides to break Marley of his jumping habit by kicking him in the ribs... so that he won't have to give the dog away.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jen has her moments.
* DeathByNewberyMedal: It sure as hell ''feels'' like this, but Marley was actually DoomedByCanon.
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* FirstPetStory
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: After the birth of their third child, one of their first two says that their parents called her "Oops".
* TheHeroDies: Marley himself at the end.
* InNameOnly: The sequel, which is just an ''Film/AirBuddies'' clone.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In a scene set in the early '90s, Jenny writes about the efficiency of voting machines. Did we mention this is set in Florida?
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Marley seems to be the canine version of this, although some of his actions suggest that he isn't ''really'' a jerk -- just [[DogsAreDumb not that bright.]]
* LawOfInverseFertility: Justified, this happened in real life.
* LetsGetDangerous: Marley is usually a happy-go-lucky, energetic, not-too bright dog. However, when a neighbor gets stabbed, he goes straight into guard dog mode. John Grogan later starts to wonder why he ever doubted Marley's protective capabilities
* {{Keet}}: Marley
* MeaningfulName: John and Jenny's second son is named "Conor", anglicized form of the Gaelic name ''"Conchobhar"'', which means "dog lover" or "wolf lover".
* MoodWhiplash: What first seems like a lighthearted movie for kids turns into a tearjerker near the end when [[spoiler:Marley falls fatally ill and has to be put down.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: This is not, repeat ''not'', a slapsticky dog comedy for the kiddies.
** Averted with the one for the sequel. That one is the slapsticky dog comedy for the kiddies.
* TheNineties: The film's early scenes are set in the early '90s - note the outdated technology and the reference to Desert Storm
** However one scene in the mid `90s has the mother put on a ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'' VHS for the kid. The show wouldn't come to America at least until [[AnachronismStew 2001]].
*** John reads a newspaper which has the year 2001 on the date.
* RightNowMontage: Used with the John Grogan character, showing him doing different things and writing about them and at the same getting to know Marley.
* SliceOfLife
* SuddenDownerEnding: See MoodWhiplash.
* TimeshiftedActor: Done with the children. Conspicuously averted with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, who seem to remain ageless as their characters go from being a young couple to middle-aged parents.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Attempted with John and his wife, but interrupted with Marley jumping into the pool.