Violence? Sexual situations? Language? I can deal with all of these JUST FINE, thank you very much.
Sentimental heartstring-twanging emotional upheaval when all we wanted was a bit of escapist folderol comedy? NOT OK! Not, NOT, NOT!
I want a new rating axis.
They count exposures of body parts deemed erotic, and rank some as titillation and OK, and other as too much of a turn-on to tolerate...
They count and rank incidents of violence from vocal to physical, from a slap to a nuke.
Why can't they count and rank attacks on the viewer's sentimentality?
I won't spoil the film for you ... but I will say that Marley and Me is *NOT* a pure laugh-fest, NOT just a feel-good trip through life with a dog. There are more than a few scenes that have the potential to draw anything from a single tear to full-bore body-wracking sobs.
Don't go into it without this knowledge. Don't go into it on a night when you just want to forget some painful pieces of your reality, and share some laughter and escapism with a friend or more.
I'm not sorry to have spent the time there, and I'm not sorry to have seen the film -- I'd do it again -- but I'd not have chosen to see it *tonight*.
This has been a public service announcement.