Epidemic Ocularis Hyperlacrimus

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.”

  1. Hal

    One of our colleagues here told me that his dog died last week. He wisely decided that now is not the time to see that movie. He may just wait until it’s out in DVD.

  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    Yeah, that’s a good move on his part. My condolences to him, BTW.

  3. carolinagirl

    I look forward to seeing this one. I read the book on that long plane ride to the other side of the world awhile back. In fact, that book is sitting on my bookshelf as I type. I refuse to get rid of a good book.

    I can’t say I ventured out to any of the big Christmas Day movie releases. Does it count that I stopped in ST Louis on my way home from seeing family and caught Jeff Dunham’s show? You’ve no idea how that guy kept me laughing (via DVD) while down range.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Mike the Eyeguy

    Grogan is a very good writer, and this is a good film adaptation.

    I think catching Dunham’s show live counts big time. Were Achmed and Walter there? 🙂

    Happy New Year right back.

  5. kristiS

    7 Pounds is also quite the tearjerker. Even the boy I went with teared up.

  6. Mike the Eyeguy

    I was tapping my foot, gripping the armrest, biting my tongue, ANYTHING to keep from absolutely losing it during M&M.

  7. kristiS

    What is it with you men? Why can’t you just go ahead and cry?

  8. Mike the Eyeguy

    Hey, I didn’t say I didn’t cry; I just didn’t cry a river. Number Two Son was sitting beside me. What kind of example would that have been? 🙂

  9. kristiS

    I don’t know, perhaps the kind of example of a man that gets girls to refer to them as “boyfriend” rather than “the boy I went to the movies with.”

  10. mmlace

    KristiS makes a very good point!

  11. Mike the Eyeguy

    Ganging up on me, I see. Y’all sure do stick together.

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