Marley & Me

Movie review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Touching comedy deals with emotional themes.

PG 2008 123 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 106 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 210 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

For older kids!

I’m glad I had “the talk” with my 10-year-old before watching this movie! A lot of grown up topics came up: trying to get pregnant, miscarriage, a couple of sex scenes... But overall a touching story and a tearjerker!

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 16+

A Dull Movie With a Misleading Rating

Definitely not a PG rated movie. There were so many open references to sex and scenes that clearly portrayed a couple (married, yes, but still...) engaging in sexual activity that there is no way this movie should have gotten a PG rating. Even the dog can’t stop “humping”. It’s supposed to be funny but...ick. The scenes about the dog’s “adorable” antics were annoying instead of endearing. And the plot was dull and plodding. I turned it off after 20 minutes and could care less about the ending. It’s beyond me why it got such good ratings on Amazon Prime. I guess we’ve just set the bar that low.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

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