Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this direct-to-video sequel to Marley & Me isn't anywhere near as emotionally wrenching as that family drama was. Also unlike the original movie, this one features a talking Marley and has a central teen character (a temporary dog sitter). A sweet grandfather-grandson relationship is depicted, and the importance of being a responsible pet owner is emphasized. The movie is appropriate for kindergarteners and up, but there are a few insulting words ("stupid," "lazy butt") and several dog-fart jokes.
Cartoonish pratfalls lead to general mayhem, but no one is injured. The German owner of the first-place dogs keeps them in line with a high-tech leash that delivers electrical shocks to the dogs. The dogs face henchmen ordered to get rid of them, but they outsmart the goons.
A few uses of "stupid," "butt," "mutt," and the like. There are several mentions of dogs passing gas.
Positive themes about teamwork, respect, and hard work. Bodi is a bit flaky until his grandfather reminds him that once you "commit," you "can't quit," and that if you work hard enough, you'll see results.
SPAM, Twinkies, Purina Puppy Chow, Hummer, IBM laptop, GoPet dog accessories, and other products are either part of the story (SPAM is a puppy favorite) or prominently featured during the movie.
Drugs / Tobacco /