Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Tom Dey

Starring:

Lee Pace as Phil Winslow; Judy Greer as Debbie Winslow; Voices of Owen Wilson as Marmaduke; Kiefer Sutherland as Bosco; Sam Elliot as Chupadogra; George Lopez as Carlos

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Marmaduke

Next time you take your dog out for a walk, remember that dog parks are basically like "high school for dogs"—complete with cliques. Marmaduke, the lovable Great Dane from the comics, really wants to fit in at his new California home. His new friends Maizy, Raisin and Giuseppe quickly accept him, but the "Pedigrees"—including their bully leader, Bosco—ridicule the pooches. That is, until Marmaduke stages a fight with them to make himself look good.

Marmaduke has lessons of courage, friendship, loyalty, honesty, accepting others and facing mistakes. True friends appreciate, stick up for and protect one another, and they're willing to admit when they've made a selfish mistake. Marmaduke, for example, changes his behavior and attitude when he learns he's been wrong.

On a negative side, the slapstick and potty humor is practically nonstop, including passing gas, urinating jokes, partying and coughing up fur balls. There is also a good dose of name-calling. Dogs and human are shown drinking and using drugs.

The messages about accepting others, self-sacrifice, loyalty, contentment, facing your fears and doing the right thing are all good, but the amount of inappropriate content might keep Marmaduke in the doghouse for good.

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