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Marmaduke
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Sep 30, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Tom Dey

Actors:
Owen Wilson
George Lopez
Ron Pearlman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Marmaduke and his family move to a new neighbourhood and soon after he and his best bud Carlos the Cat find themselves doing anything and everything to fit in, including throwing some crazy house parties, pimping on the local ladies and surfing up a storm.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was never into the MARMADUKE comic strip though I did know what it was as a kid. In my opinion this film comes too late (like just nearly every other film based upon Saturday morning cartoons, comic strips or forgettable characters from twenty years ago) and is yet another sad attempt to cash in on the blissful unawareness of children. No one my age or anywhere close to my age would enjoy this movie on any level whatsoever (even if they do have kids) as weíve all no doubt seen this tale at least once before. And trust me folks, it ainít getting any fresher.

I was always a Garfield fan and all this flick did for me was reopens old wounds. Like in GARFIED the movie, they try to bring a beloved comic strip to life in the form of a feature film pretty much ignoring what that comic strip was all about. Instead weíve got over the top cheesy dialogue, more poop jokes (I mean seriously, does every animal film have to lean so heavily on those types of jokes!?) mixed with lame attempts at ďcutesyĒ animal humour which comes across as God awful (a lanky assed Great Dane on a surfboard, please shoot me now).

The absolute worst insult here is the cast. I like the GEORGE LOPEZ show, the dudeís funny and as such even he doesnít deserve this shit. Now I know Owen Wilson had a bit of a meltdown and though I wish heíd hurry up and make a comeback already, it sure as shit isnít going to happen if he keeps doing films like this one. Sam Elliott and Fergie I understand but Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Ron Pearlman and Emma Stone? And lastly, I know 24 just ended its final season but Jack Bauer shouldnít be anywhere near this movie! Kiefer needs to be focussing on the 24 flick, I dug him in MONSTERS VS ALIENS but this is just degrading.

MARMADUKE is another CATS AND DOGS, FURRY VENGEANCE, GARFIELD and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS disaster just waiting to stink up your video player like it did mine. Iím sick to death of these ďin the middleĒ kids movies that try to cater to both sides of the field and end up pleasing neither. What kills me is that they just keep coming so I guess there must be some kind of audience out there for this nonsense (that or itís the fault of all the parents who unconsciously buy these movies to keep their children occupied and out of their hair for an hour and a half). Either way, this movie was an insult to my intelligence and a kiss of death to all talent involved.
THE EXTRAS
Puppy Marmaduke and Kitty Carlos: Home Movies: Here we have three minutes of supposed footage from when Marmaduke and Carlos were a puppy and kitten. Thankfully they donít talk yet.

Gag Reel: Itís become fairly obvious to me that a gag reel with the humans featured in an animal movie is not terribly funny no matter how hard they try to make it so. So very sad.

Deleted Scenes: Thereís about nine minutes worth of throwaway scenes here, aside from the one about how Marmaduke got his name. That oneís worth a chuckle but just one.

Cowabarka: And now Iíve seen it all as this five minute feature goes behind the scenes to show us how they make dogs surf. I suppose having four legs would make it a little easier.

Canine Casting: Here we have a two and a half minute look at all the dogs that auditioned for the film. You know youíve screwed up in Hollywood when youíre in charge of dog casting. Ouch.

Previews: Thereís a theatrical trailer for the feature as well as a bunch of trailers that play before the film. This combo pack also features both DVD and Blu-ray versions of the movie.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I love animals, donít get me wrong but I hate what Hollywood does to animals on screen as the result is never entertaining. All I can think of here is that these flicks donít cost much to make, so it doesnít take many purchases or rentals to bring about more. That said, please donít encourage them. Stay away from this movie and all movies similar to this one.
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7:25PM on 09/30/2010

I Agree, But Good News

This film (very thankfully) failed! So, hopefully, the audience for this trite is coming to their senses.
This film (very thankfully) failed! So, hopefully, the audience for this trite is coming to their senses.
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