1 hour, 27 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
1 hour, 27 minutes
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
| 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.