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Running Time:
1 hour, 27 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
1 hour, 27 minutes

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This one might entertain the youngest kids, but even they might get tired of it before long.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Cowabarka!-More Surfing Dogs; Canine Casting; Deleted Scenes.

Lee Pace ... Phil Winslow
Judy Greer ... Debbie Winslow
Caroline Sunshine ... Barbara
Finley Jacobsen ... Brian
....and the voices of:
Owen Wilson ... Marmaduke
Emma Stone ... Mazie
George Lopez ... Carlos
Steve Coogan ... Raisin
Stacy Ferguson ... Jezebel
Kiefer Sutherland ... Bosco
Marlon Wayans ... Lightning
Damon Wayans Jr. ... Thunder
Sam Elliott ... Chupadogra
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Giuseppe

Video/DVD. Title: Marmaduke Marmaduke, the world's most lovable Great Dane, leaps from comic strip fame (appearing in 600 newspapers in over 20 countries) to big screen stardom in this familiar family comedy. A suburban family moves to a new neighborhood in Orange County, California with their large yet lovable Great Dane, who has a tendency to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way.

The family includes Phil (Lee Pace "When in Rome"), who is a pet-food executive, his wife Debbie (Judy Greer "27 Dresses") and their kids, teenager Barbara (Caroline Sunshine),  Brian (Finley Jacobsen) and toddler Sarah (Many and Milana Haines). Their pets are Marmaduke (voice of Luke Wilson) and Carlos (George Lopez), the family cat. Phil's hard-driving boss Don Twombly (William H. Macy "Seabiscuit") forces Phil to become a workaholic, so he ends up neglecting his family, especially the kids. Barbara longs for her friends back home and has trouble making friends, as for Brian, his dad pushes the kid to take up soccer, which he doesnít want to do; but Phil doesn't want to know. 

And Marmaduke, their big, klutzy mutt causes nothing but trouble. Obviously Marmaduke, directed by Tom Dey ("Shanghai Noon") is designed to deliver some pleasant but innocuous messages: family is more important than work; be yourself; everybodyís equal; know who your real friends are, etc. And thereís nothing wrong with that, but itís all terribly calculated and obvious. And the visuals are fine, but by now we've seen plenty of films with talking animals moving their mouths and speaking to us, and while the effect is done well enough here, itís hardly new.


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