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Marmaduke

Release Date: June 4, 2010

That's a scary gang.

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89/123 David Mumpower They should have done a Family Circus movie instead.

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Every summer apparently needs a “why, God, why?” family film, with this summer’s offering in that category being Marmaduke, based on the comic strip of the same name. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the strip (how? And I envy you) centering on a Great Dane dog, I now present to you the entire run of Marmaduke plots: Marmaduke’s
large size creates chaos, hilarity ensues.

Inevitably, it’s been turned into a family film, which, you know, fair play and all that, as it’s not exactly something you’d give to the Coens or David Lynch to direct (although I’d like to see their takes all the same). Hollywood still seems to think these kind of films need to be as dumb as possible to be successful, and that’s clearly the approach they’ve taken here. In this live-action take, Marmaduke is voiced (oh yes, the animals talk) by Owen Wilson, who narrates us through his wacky adventures in a dog park after moving to California. Also providing voices are George Lopez as the family cat, Kiefer Sutherland, Emma Stone, Chris Mintz-Plasse, Steve Coogan and Sam Elliott, with the main human roles going to Judy Greer, Lee Pace and Bill Macy, who’s apparently being paid $200k per hit to the crotch.

All that sounds horrible enough, but then there’s… oh the dancing. The dancing dogs. They haunt my dreams. Please, parents, resist the urge this summer. You deserve better! (Reagen Sulewski/BOP)


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Main Cast Owen Wilson, Lee Pace, Judy Greer
Supporting Cast William H. Macy, Steve Coogan, Sam Elliott, Fergie, George Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone, Kiefer Sutherland, Marlon Wayans
Director Tom Dey
Screenwriter Vince Di Meglio, Tim Rasmussen
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Official Site http://www.themarmadukemovie.com/
Rating PG
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture


     


 
 

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