Now that you have talked your parents into getting you a puppy for Christmas I feel safe putting out the review for the second installment in the Marley/bad dog films. We can all agree that this Golden Lab is a badly behaved pooch. In the first film and in this one. That is where the similarities end. The first film was a decent flick with enjoyable moments. Marley & Me: The Puppy Years is nothing like the first and is an obvious cash grab as the first one did very well at the box office.
His mother (Chelah Horsdal – Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men 3: The Last Stand) doesn’t think that Bodi (Travis Turner – appeared in television’s Supernatural) is ready for the responsibility, but when their neighbours ask him to mind their puppy Marley she agrees. Soon after she finds out that she has to go away on a business trip. Bodi and Marley are off to her father’s (Donnelly Rhodes – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Tron: Legacy) to stay. Now, Fred Grogan is a former military man and so is quite disciplined. Needless to say, Marley being a puppy is not interested in discipline and so he and Fred butt heads. It is up to Bodi to keep it from turning into all out war. Bodi decides that a good way to focus Marley’s boundless energy is to enter him in an obstacle course competition.
Anyone who saw the original film or read the book knows that it is not a kid’s story. Despite the fact that there are lots of cute dogs in it the story is definitely an adult one that doesn’t feature talking dogs. Yes, in this one the dogs talk. Oh boy!
Bad acting, bad talking dogs, bad story. Nothing else needs to be said. Ok, one more thing: Avoid it!
-Marley & Me: The Puppy Years Goes to Training Camp
-Part of the Family
-My Favorite Moments