Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Marmaduke - DVD Review


Starring Lee Pace, Judy Greer, William H. Macy and the voices of Owen Wilson, George Lopez, Emma Stone, Steve Coogan, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiefer Sutherland, Stacy Ferguson and Sam Elliott.
Directed by Tom Dey.

I guess it's good for kids if they've never seen a live-action/CG movie that makes animals talk, but once you've seen Cats & Dogs and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, what does this really have to offer? Sure, Marmaduke was (is?) a newspaper comic strip, but how many people really remember anything about it? Is there a person on Earth outside the cartoonist's family who knows the names of the cartoonist? Or the family that owns Marmaduke?

It features a standard outsider-trying-to-fit-in story with Marmaduke (voiced by Owen Wilson) and family newly moved to California. Then at the dog park, the great dane Marmaduke runs into a rottweiler (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland) who doesn't care for him.

Marmaduke constantly talks to the camera and never says anything funny. Naturally there's a scene where he holds a party at the house and it gets torn to shreds. The film even features an obligatory obnoxious dance number with all the CG dogs. I can just say my six-year-old laughed at the fart joke at the end.

I fear a Family Circus movie.

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