Marley and Me: The Puppy Years

2011 PG 1h 26m Blu-ray / DVD

Marley and Me: The Puppy Years

2011 PG 1h 26m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this family-friendly prequel, rambunctious pup Marley is left with Bodi, a young dog sitter who hopes to prove to his mom that he's responsible enough to have a pet of his own. But Marley isn't going to make it easy on him!
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
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age 5+

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.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


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.

Social Behavior

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 / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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