Let me start off by saying that I haven't read the book. Well, that wasn't so hard, was it? Phew. Anyway, in short, I don't think that this story made the best possible transition to screen. There is just SO much information that I think the movie could have been 20 minutes longer, just to patch up the jumpiness of it. HOWEVER...Marley and Me is already a lengthy 120 minutes, and any more than that would be rather inappropriate for this movie genre. Like I said, the story was probably not the best-fit for the silver screen in the first place.
That aside, Marley and Me tells a fun and enjoyable tale of an ever-playful Yellow Lab, his life, and his family. The two leads (Wilson and Aniston) deliver a believable performance, and their chemistry was decent.
There were a few sexual innuendos, perhaps a FEW profanities, but anyone above the age of nine or ten should be good while watching this!
This film could potentially be a tear-jerker for those who haven't experienced life with pets. I feel rather heartless in saying this, but I DIDN'T feel sad (rather, I felt the family's pain, having gone through this several times myself), as they had to make some tough decisions at the end of the film regarding their dog.
I praise this movie for the promotion of family relationships and overcoming the odds.