YMMV: Marley and Me

First Movie

  • Narm: If you happen to not like dogs, the entire movie is made of this. As one critic put it:
    Brace yourselves, everyone, for the emotional final scene, when Marley faces the final curtain in the vet's treatment room, with blond, bland Owen at his side. And in the cinema, all of us tough, cynical critics had tears welling in our eyes, swallowing hard; our lips, so often curled in a cheap sneer, were now trembling, because of the same desperately sad thought: "Owen Wilson used to be really good ..."
  • Spiritual Successor: To Old Yeller.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • It's more tearjerker-y if you've had dogs. Especially if you tend to project emotions onto them.
    • Even more especially if you've had a dog put down or die in some way.
  • The Other Darrin : Multiple dogs play the part of Marley, which is common in Hollywood because often each dog performs a different trick (running, chewing, barking, etc.), and because Marley is shown as a puppy, an adult, and a senior dog. However, they don't even TRY to disguise the very different looking Retrievers who play Marley, resulting in a jarringly different appearance between the adult and senior dogs.
  • The Woobie: Marley becomes one in his later years

The Puppy Years