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* LyricalDissonance / SoundtrackDissonance: An acoustic cover version of "Lithium" by {{Music/Nirvana}} plays when the Grogans relocate to a safer neighborhood.

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* DogDiesAtTheEnd: Marley is euthanasized at the end.


* BigFriendlyDog

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* BigFriendlyDogBigFriendlyDog: Marley as an adult is ninety-seven pounds of love and fun.


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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Marley is named after Music/BobMarley.


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, directed by David Frankel, with Owen Wilson and Creator/JenniferAniston as the protagonists.

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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, directed by David Frankel, with Owen Wilson Creator/OwenWilson and Creator/JenniferAniston as the protagonists.


* AdaptationDistillation: Will naturally happen when you're adapting a book into a 2-hour film. Most noticable however might be how John in real life had a dog as a child and both he and Jenny were determined to have one together as they were both dog lovers. In the film, John comments that he's never had a dog before and he decides to get one on a whim, something he surprises Jenny with.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Will naturally happen when you're adapting a book into a 2-hour film. Most noticable however noticable, however, might be how John in real life had a dog as a child child, and both he and Jenny were determined to have one together as they were both dog lovers. In the film, John comments that he's never had a dog before and he decides to get one on a whim, something he surprises Jenny with.



** There's also the slew of childrens books that he's put out over the past decade.

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** There's also the slew of childrens children's books that he's put out over the past decade.


* 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.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: John and Jenny Grogan are NOT unattractive people... but they don't look like Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston either.
* AdaptationDistillation: Will naturally happen when you're adapting a book into a 2-hour film. Most noticable however might be how John in real life had a dog as a child and both he and Jenny were determined to have one together as they were both dog lovers. In the film, John comments that he's never had a dog before and he decides to get one on a whim, something he surprises Jenny with.



* AdaptationDistillation: Will naturally happen when you're adapting a book into a 2-hour film. Most noticable however might be how John in real life had a dog as a child and both he and Jenny were determined to have one together as they were both dog lovers. In the film, John comments that he's never had a dog before and he decides to get one on a whim, something he surprises Jenny with.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: John and Jenny Grogan are NOT unattractive people... but they don't look like Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston either.



** Have them actually researching about the Labradors breed before adopting Marley.

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** Have them actually researching about the Labradors Labrador breed before adopting Marley.



* {{Keet}}: Marley is a dog version, especially when he's a puppy and actually fits the "small yet full of energy" description. Though when he gets huge he still has all the trope's characteristics except the small size.



* {{Keet}}: Marley is a dog version, especially when he's a puppy and actually fits the "small yet full of energy" description. Though when he gets huge he still has all the trope's characteristics except the small size.



* 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.


** Completely alter the ending by [[spoiler:adding a funeral scene and removing of John leaves Marley at the vet's office and packs the family into the van for a Disney vacation]].

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** Completely alter the ending by [[spoiler:adding a funeral scene and removing of John leaves Marley at the vet's office and packs the family into the van for a Disney vacation]].[[note]] There was a funeral in the book too. [[/note]]


** Turn the movie into a FirstPetStory, thus makiing John and Jenny's frustration more sympathetic.

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** Turn the movie into a FirstPetStory, thus makiing making John and Jenny's frustration more sympathetic.


* AdaptationalHeroism: The movie got rid of the more unsavory aspect of the Grogans, most likely to alleviate some of the ValuesDissonance namely:

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The movie got rid of the more unsavory aspect of the Grogans, most likely to alleviate some of the ValuesDissonance namely:ValuesDissonance. Most notably:


** Remove the more sadistic glee of John towards Marley.

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** Remove the more sadistic glee actions and thoughts of John and Jenny towards Marley. Most notably removing Jenny hitting Marley during her depression as well as frequently taking out her frustration on Marley.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The movie got rid of the more unsavory aspect of the Grogans, most likely to alleviate some of the ValuesDissonance namely:
** Have them actually researching about the Labradors breed before adopting Marley.
** Turn the movie into a FirstPetStory, thus makiing John and Jenny's frustration more sympathetic.
** Remove the more sadistic glee of John towards Marley.
** Completely alter the ending by [[spoiler:adding a funeral scene and removing of John leaves Marley at the vet's office and packs the family into the van for a Disney vacation]].

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** There's also the slew of childrens books that he's put out over the past decade.

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* LikeFatherLikeSon: In the book, it's pretty clear that Marley inherited most of his personality from Sammy, his sire.


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.

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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, directed by David Frankel, with Owen Wilson and Creator/JenniferAniston as the protagonists.

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