If you and your family are casting about looking for something to do this holiday season, take them to see the movie “Marley and Me”–it’s a good old-fashioned emotional flogging they’ll never forget.
Owen Wilson is surprisingly sober, Alan Arkin is a cuddly curmudgeon, Kathleen Turner is downright scary and Jennifer Anniston shows off more range of emotion than skin for once. And Marley (well, Marleys since 22 different yellow labs were used in the film) is a charming rascal of a mutt.
Warning: It may be inappropriate for a large majority of pre-tweeners due to the emotional intensity. Plus there’s some “mature” subject matter (e.g. Marley humping Kathleen Turner’s leg, Jennifer Anniston’s bare back) that you may feel the need to explain.
Needless to say, Amazing Gracie the Wonderdog has been reaping “extra benefits” since her ‘rents watched a tear-jerker dog movie on Saturday, and there’s not a dang thing the NCAA can do about it.
If you go, remember to stop by Sams and pick up a jumbo pack of Kleenex on the way to the theater. Keep them on your lap and then starting passing them out to the people beside you, in front of you and behind you. They’ll appreciate it.
I hadn’t seen that bad a case of epidemic Ocularis Hyperlacrimus in a theater since “Old Yeller.”