Marley and Me

Virtually nothing happens in the first half of this mundane romantic comedy that stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as John and Jennifer Grogan, a happy couple who decide to leave the Midwest behind for the warmer Florida climate. She’s an established journalist, and he has aspirations of becoming a hard news reporter. When John begins to worry that Jennifer will want kids right away, he gets her a puppy instead. An unruly lab named Marley, the dog soon becomes a handful, but the couple learn to love it all the same. And after a cranky old editor (Alan Arkin) decides to give John a chance to write his own column, he thrives, infusing his daily musings (many about Marley) with wit and humor. Things get a little tougher after the couple starts having kids, but their lives are generally conflict-free, something that makes the film a real bore to sit through. And given that the movie has such an uneventful first half, it comes as an unwelcome surprise when tragedy strikes at its conclusion. HH

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