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children & family, comedy

Marmaduke, the world's most lovable Great Dane, leaps from comic strip fame to big screen stardom.

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

America's favorite Great Dane is more "O.C." than "Lassie."

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marmaduke is mostly inoffensive, unless your family detests potty humor, in which case this isn't the movie for you. The main issue with any talking-animal flick is the degree to which the animals are stand-ins for humans, and in this case, the animals are made to seem like high-schoolers with all their accompanying social and romantic drama. There's a lot of romantic pining and even doggie dating and flirting, which may go over the heads of kids too young to understand the nuances of romance. Some subtle drug references pop up that will also bypass the kids' radar. The language is limited to insults like "freak," "stupid," and "loser," and mimics the bullying and teasing you'd find in a movie about unpopular students. For such a short movie, there are several positive messages about the importance of honest, unconditional friendship and family versus work time -- not that they'll necessarily get noticed with all the dog-fart jokes in the way.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about growing up "different" than the "cool" crowd (in this case, the top dog and his pedigree crew). How is the dog park like school?
  • Marmaduke is often made fun of for his size. Kids: Does this happen to you or your friends? What's the movie's take on discrimination and bullying?
  • Why are talking-animal movies so compelling to kids? Is it funny when animals have the same issues and thoughts as their human counterparts, like dating drama? Do you think this movie would still be for young kids if the characters were human instead of canine?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Bland sitcom romp based on the long-running comic strip features wisecracking canines in a beach-set family story.

- Luke Sader, Hollywood Reporter, Friday, June 4, 2010

Rotten: When one of the last sounds you hear in a work of family entertainment is a Great Dane passing gas, there's only one conclusion to be drawn. The movie hates your family.

- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Thursday, June 3, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

Marmaduke never, ever talked in the comic strip. With that out of my system, I'm not exacly the type of person this movie was meant to attract but my daughter loved it (of course) and that's all that really matters: my daughter's entertainment.

- middleeasternfilms, Tuesday, October 12, 2010

0 star

Marmaduke follows in the in the fine traditions of comic strip films such as Garfield. Yes, it sucks. It really sucks. Drunken falls down a flight of stairs are more enjoyable than this horrible film. It's true. It's true. The film is narrated by our title character Marmaduke (Owen Wilson). He's a big, pain in the ass dog. Wait! Owen Wilson in a movie about a big, pain in the ass dog? Never seen that one before. His family moves to California and Marmaduke hangs out at a dog park, becomes a big shot, falls, has a party, and ends up bringing everything together in the end. Now dog movies are usually not good to begin with. Marmaduke takes the definition of bad and re creates it into something that was never intended by man or machine. I know it's a kids movie, but come on. The plot is just terrible. There is a surfing competition AND dogs playing a dancing video game. And where are all the other owners? The only people in this dog park appear to be Marmadukes owner and William H. Macy. Why did you do it William H. Macy!?!?! They have a garage filled with electronics equipment? It's seems as if they just took pieces of ideas and pasted them all together. With dung. If you are into brainlessly staring at the screen for 88 minutes this is the film for you. Any film would be the film for you. In closing, it sucks.

- sononothing, Saturday, September 4, 2010

2 stars

This is a fun film for the kids, the cinema was filled with laughter from the children and in fairness it was better than expected from the trailer, with some funny Marmaduke moments.

- 76Majikat, Thursday, September 2, 2010