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  • Mean Girls [2004] Mean Girls | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £3.30  |  Saving you £14.69 (81.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The cutting wit of Tina Fey (the first female head writer for US comedy breeding ground Saturday Night Live) brilliantly fuses pop culture and smart satire. Fey wrote Mean Girls, in which a formerly home-schooled girl named Cady (Lindsay Lohan) gets dropped into the sneaky, vicious world of the Plastics, three adolescent glamour-girls who dominate their public high school's social heirarchy. Cady first befriends a couple of art-punk outsiders who persuade her to infiltrate the Plastics and destroy them from within--but power corrupts, and Cady soon finds the glory of being a Plastic to be seductive. Mean Girls joins the ranks of Clueless, Bring It On, and Heathers, cunning movies that use the hormone-pressurized high school milieu to put the dark impulses of human nature--ambition, envy, lust, revenge--under a comic microscope. Fey manages to skewer everyone without forgetting the characters' hapless humanity; it's a dazzling and delightful balancing act. --Bret Fetzer

  • Mean Girls 1 / Mean Girls 2 - 2012 Double Pack [DVD] Mean Girls 1 / Mean Girls 2 - 2012 Double Pack | DVD | (07/05/2012) from £5.10  |  Saving you £14.89 (74.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Mean Girls: Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows all about the survival of the fittest. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters public high school for the first time. Trying to find her place among jocks, mathletes and other subcultures, Cady crosses paths with the meanest species of all - the Queen Bee, aka the cool and calculating Regina (Rachel McAdams), leader of the school's most fashionable clique, The Plastics. When Cady falls for Regina's ex-boyfriend, though, the Queen Bee is stung and she schemes to ruin Cady's social future. Cady's own claws soon come out as she leaps into a hilarious Girl World war that has the whole school running for cover.Mean Girls 2: The Plastics are back in the long-awaited follow-up to the smash-hit Mean Girls...and now the clique is more fashionable, funny and ferocious than ever! Confident senior Jo (Meaghan Martin) begins the new school year by breaking her own cardinal rule: don't get involved in girl drama. But when she sees timid Abby (Jennifer Stone) preyed upon by Queen Bee Mandi (Maiara Walsh) and her minions, she takes sides in a viciously funny girl-world-war that turns the whole school upside down.

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles The Spiderwick Chronicles | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £2.81  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    There is an unseen world right outside your door... The Spiderwick Chronicles Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace along with their sister Mallory discover a guide to an alternate magical world in their great-uncle's dilapidated house. They soon find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other creatures...

  • Just Like Heaven [2005] Just Like Heaven | DVD | (02/07/2006) from £3.79  |  Saving you £14.20 (78.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    When David (Mark Ruffalo) rented his quaint San Francisco apartment, the last thing he expected - or wanted - was a roommate. He had only begun to make a complete mess of the place when a pretty but decidedly controlling young woman names Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) suddenly shows up, adamantly insisting the apartment is hers.

  • Freaky Friday [2003] Freaky Friday | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £4.09  |  Saving you £13.90 (77.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In the wonderfully entertaining Freaky Friday, teenager Anna (Lindsay Lohan) and her fortysomething psychiatrist mum Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) have sunk into a rut of frustrated bickering--until a magic spell causes them to switch bodies. Suddenly Tess finds herself faced with petty teachers, vicious rivals and a hunky boy, while Anna has to cope with her mother's neurotic patients as well as her befuddled fiancé (Mark Harmon), who doesn't understand why his bride-to-be is suddenly recoiling from his embrace on the eve of their wedding. Both Lohan and Curtis turn in deft, delightful performances, with Curtis showing a surprising flair for physical comedy. The movie even manages to explore serious issues about fractured families, new parents and adolescent sexuality with honesty and empathy--and without making the story stop dead in its tracks. This 2003 remake of the 1977 original is a mother-daughter film that fathers and sons can enjoy just as much. --Bret Fetzer

  • Bad Santa 2 [DVD] Bad Santa 2 | DVD | (06/11/2017) from £8.49  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    BAD SANTA 2 returns Academy Award®-winner BILLY BOB THORNTON to the screen as everyone's favourite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (TONY COX), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

  • Mr. Popper's Penguins [DVD] Mr. Popper's Penguins | DVD | (27/02/2012) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the 1938 book of the same name by Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a comedy about how the surprise appearance of a penguin at a New York businessman's door turns his life completely upside down, while simultaneously teaching him an important lesson about the value of family. Far from the small-town painter featured in the book, the film's Mr. Popper is a real estate developer who lives in an exclusive apartment on Park Avenue, has his sights set on becoming a partner in his firm, and is an every-other-weekend father to his two children. A ruthless developer with no time for anything but business, Mr. Popper resolves to deal with his father's parting gift of a penguin by getting rid of the annoying bird as quickly as possible. That process proves much more difficult than expected, even with the help of his ultra-efficient assistant Pippi, who speaks primarily in p's, and Mr. Popper soon winds up with six penguins. Even more unexpected is how markedly those penguins begin to affect the relationship between Mr. Popper and his children and how that change affects the rest of Mr. Popper's life. Jim Carrey's performance as Mr. Popper is very good--he capitalises on the many comic opportunities afforded by the idea of keeping penguins in a New York apartment while showing an uncharacteristic restraint that's quite refreshing. Ophelia Lovibond is quite comical as Pippi and Angela Lansbury also makes a strong appearance as one of Mr. Popper's potential business clients. As Pippi would say, the premise of the power of the penguin to promote personal prosperity and perpetuate personal peace positively prevails in Mr. Popper's Penguins. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

  • Head Over Heels [2001] Head Over Heels | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £2.72  |  Saving you £7.27 (72.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Take Hollywood romantic comedy at its fluffiest, stir in a few Farrelly Brothers-style bodily-function jokes, season with pratfalls, add a soupcon of Hitchcock and you've got Head Over Heels, the perfect way to while away 85 minutes without putting the least strain on your brain cells. Our heroine, Amanda, is a shy retiring young lady with a dusty museum job and a non-existent love-life. (She's played by the dishy blonde Monica Potter, which gives you a fair idea of this movie's grip on reality). Having moved into a palatial Manhattan apartment (yeah, right) shared with four wannabe supermodels she meets--via a randy Great Dane--the handsome guy from across the courtyard. But it seems he has a deep, dark secret in his life. Mark Waters' film gets a lot of mileage out of poking fun at the bubble-headed attitudes of the model girls, which might well provoke mutterings about pots and kettles in more censorious quarters. But the whole confection's so innocuous and eager to please that it's hard to stay as irritated with it as it deserves. Potter (or occasionally her body double) executes her pratfalls gamely, her flatmates pose elegantly, and Mr Maybe-Right Freddie Prinze Jr grins boyishly--even if his subsequent metamorphosis into an action hero takes a bit of swallowing. Waters' direction keeps things moving briskly enough to prevent us musing on the idiocy of the whole enterprise. The insert inside the box suggests that "if you enjoyed this title" you should try Taxi Driver or Being John Malkovich. Could someone at Columbia TriStar be having a little joke? On the DVD: not much to mention. There's a trailer, brief cast and director biogs, production notes and a 12-minute shooting-of featurette in which, as usual, everybody was just wonderful and they all adored each other from the get-go. Anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound ensure a suitably glossy presentation. --Philip Kemp

  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past [DVD] [2009] Ghosts of Girlfriends Past | DVD | (28/09/2009) from £2.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (88.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Vampire Academy [DVD] [2014] Vampire Academy | DVD | (14/07/2014) from £4.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (73.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir are best friends at a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal peaceful vampires) and Dhampir (half-vampire/half-human guardians to the Moroi). However all is not as it seems at St. Vladimir's Academy and threats lurk both from within the walls of the academy and from the Strigoi (immortal evil vampires) who ruthlessly hunt the Moroi. Rose will do anything protect Lissa from those who intend to harm her and fearing for their lives the girls escape from St. Vladimir's only to be quickly recaptured and plunged back into a world of danger which they must face head-on.

  • Stardust/Hotel For Dogs/The Spiderwick Chronicles Triple Pack [DVD] Stardust/Hotel For Dogs/The Spiderwick Chronicles Triple Pack | DVD | (26/09/2011) from £5.64  |  Saving you £10.35 (64.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Stardust: A glorious fantastical adventure, raves Daily Mirror's Mark Adams for Stardust, an epic adventure starring Claire Danes with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. In hopes of wooing a beautiful girl (Sienna Miller), Tristan (Charlie Cox) promises to bring her a falling star.But he's in for the adventure of his life when he discovers the star is actually a celestial beauty named Yvaine (Danes). When an old witch Lamia (Pfeiffer) attempts to steal Yvaine's youth, Tristan must protect her at all costs. This magical fairytale like no other will make you laugh out loud and believe in love again. Hotel For Dogs: Comedy is unleashed in this box office hit that will have you begging for more (Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com). When Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) need somewhere to hide their dog, Friday, they transform an abandoned hotel into a place where no stray gets turned away.Loaded with adorable dogs, a team of clever kids and ingenious gadgets, this heartwarming adventure will leave you wondering - who let the dogs in?The Spiderwick Chronicles: From the moment the Grace family moves into a secluded old house, strange things start to happen. As Jared (Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) investigates, he discovers Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide and the unbelievable truth of the Spiderwick Estate: a secret world with fantastical creatures hides within our own!Now Jared, his sister and his twin brother are pulled into an unforgettable adventure as they try to protect the secrets of the book. Based on the beloved series of best-selling books and filled with non-stop action, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a terrific fantasy for all ages!

  • Elizabethtown/Just Like Heaven/How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days Elizabethtown/Just Like Heaven/How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £4.55  |  Saving you £8.44 (65.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: Elizabethtown: After losing his job and his girlfriend things go from bad to worse for Drew Baylor when his father dies. As the only son Drew travels back to his Kentucky homestead in the small settlement of Elizabethtown where en route he meets a flight attendant Claire Colburn who might just be the one thing going for him... Just like Heaven: When David (Mark Ruffalo) rented his quaint San Francisco apartment the last thing he expected - or wanted - was a roommate. He had only begun to make a complete mess of the place when a pretty but decidedly controlling young woman names Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) suddenly shows up adamantly insisting the apartment is hers. David assumes there's been a giant misunderstanding...until Elizabeth disappears as mysteriously as she appeared. Changing the locks does nothing to deter Elizabeth who begins to appear and disappear at will - mostly to rebuke David for his personal living habits in her apartment. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: Andie needs to prove she can dump a guy in 10 days. Ben needs to prove he can win a girl in 10 days. Now the clock is ticking-and the year's most wildly entertaining comedy smash is off and running in this irresistible tale of sex lies and outrageous romantic fireworks!

  • Mean Girls 1 & 2 double pack [DVD] Mean Girls 1 & 2 double pack | DVD | (09/05/2011) from £5.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (70.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Mean Girls: Raised in the African bush by her zoologist parents Cady (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows all about 'survival of the fittest'. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15 year old enters high school for the first time and falls for the ex-boyfriend of the school's most popular girl. Let the 'Girl World' war begin! Mean Girls 2: The Plastics are back in the long-awaited follow-up to the smash-hit Mean Girls...and now the clique is more fashionable funny and ferocious than ever! Confident senior Jo (Meaghan Martin) begins the new school year by breaking her own cardinal rule: don't get involved in girl drama. But when she sees timid Abby (Jennifer Stone) preyed upon by Queen Bee Mandi (Maiara Walsh) and her minions she takes sides in a viciously funny girl-world-war that turns the whole school upside down.

  • Freaky Friday/The Parent Trap [1998] Freaky Friday/The Parent Trap | DVD | (20/08/2007) from £12.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Freaky Friday (Dir. Mark S. Waters) (2003): Dr. Tess Coleman (the hilarious Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter Anna (rockin' Lindsay Lohan) have one thing in common - they don't relate to each other on anything. Not clothes or men or Anna's passion to be in a rock band. Nothing. Then one night a little mystic mayhem changes their lives and they wake up to the biggest freak-out ever. Tess and Anna are trapped inside each other's body! But Tess' wedding is on Saturday and the two must find a way to switch back - fast! Literally forced to walk in each other's shoes will they gain respect and understanding for the other's point of view? Filled with comedy rock 'n' roll and lots of heart 'Freaky Friday' is freaking fun every one can enjoy together! The Parent Trap (Dir. Nancy Meyers) (1998): What if you spent your whole life wishing for something you didn't know you already had? Halllie Parker and Annie James are about to find out. Hallie is a cool girl from California. Annie is a fair rose from London. When the two accidentally meet at a summer camp they think they have nothing in common except they're identical twins (Lindsay Lohan). Now they're up to their freckles in schemes and dreams to switch places get their parents (Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson) back together and have the family they've wished for!

  • Mr. Popper's Penguins (DVD + Digital Copy) Mr. Popper's Penguins (DVD + Digital Copy) | DVD | (12/12/2011) from £3.75  |  Saving you £14.37 (71.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the 1938 book of the same name by Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a comedy about how the surprise appearance of a penguin at a New York businessman's door turns his life completely upside down, while simultaneously teaching him an important lesson about the value of family. Far from the small-town painter featured in the book, the film's Mr. Popper is a real estate developer who lives in an exclusive apartment on Park Avenue, has his sights set on becoming a partner in his firm, and is an every-other-weekend father to his two children. A ruthless developer with no time for anything but business, Mr. Popper resolves to deal with his father's parting gift of a penguin by getting rid of the annoying bird as quickly as possible. That process proves much more difficult than expected, even with the help of his ultra-efficient assistant Pippi, who speaks primarily in p's, and Mr. Popper soon winds up with six penguins. Even more unexpected is how markedly those penguins begin to affect the relationship between Mr. Popper and his children and how that change affects the rest of Mr. Popper's life. Jim Carrey's performance as Mr. Popper is very good--he capitalises on the many comic opportunities afforded by the idea of keeping penguins in a New York apartment while showing an uncharacteristic restraint that's quite refreshing. Ophelia Lovibond is quite comical as Pippi and Angela Lansbury also makes a strong appearance as one of Mr. Popper's potential business clients. As Pippi would say, the premise of the power of the penguin to promote personal prosperity and perpetuate personal peace positively prevails in Mr. Popper's Penguins. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

  • Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging/Clueless/Meangirls [DVD] Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging/Clueless/Meangirls | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £6.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (56.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Titles Comprise: Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging: Based on the best-selling series of books by Louise Rennison Angus Thongs And Perfect Snogging stars Georgia Groome as Georgia Nicolson - an eccentric and irresistible teenager who struggles through life seeking out her two main desires: 1. To get a gorgeous sex-god as her boyfriend 2. To throw the greatest 15th birthday party ever! Angus Thongs And Perfect Snogging revolves around Georgia's hilarious journal entries so prepare to be engulfed in the world of the soaring highs and the bottomless lows of being an angst ridden teenager! Clueless: It's not easy being the most popular and glamorous girl at Beverly Hills High. Especially when you're the envy of scheming Betties (female babes) persistent Barneys (unattractive guys) and teachers who go postal (freak out) when you turn your homework in late! Yet somehow 15-year-old Cher (Alicia Silverstone) keeps it all together even finding time for extracurricular projects like finding a love match for her debate class teacher (Wallace Shawn) and giving a dowdy friend (Brittany Murphy) a fashion makeover. But Cher's tidy world starts to unravel with the sudden appearance of two total Baldwins (hunks): a sexy and stylish new classmate (Justin Walker) and Cher's square but cute ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd). Now Cher is about to learn that when it comes to love she's... well Clueless. Mean Girls: Raised in the African bush by her zoologist parents Cady (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows all about 'survival of the fittest'. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15 year old enters high school for the first time and falls for the ex-boyfriend of the school's most popular girl. Let the 'Girl World' war b

  • Mean Girls / Save The Last Dance / Clueless Mean Girls / Save The Last Dance / Clueless | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Mean Girls (Dir. Mark S. Waters 2004): Raised in the African bush by her zoologist parents Cady (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows all about 'survival of the fittest'. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15 year old enters high school for the first time and falls for the ex-boyfriend of the school's most popular girl. Let the 'Girl World' war begin! Save The Last Dance (Dir. Thomas Carter): Sara (Julia Stiles) is a small-town gi

  • Mean Girls / Clueless [2004] Mean Girls / Clueless | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £6.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (72.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The cutting wit of Tina Fey (the first female head writer for US comedy breeding ground Saturday Night Live) brilliantly fuses pop culture and smart satire. Fey wrote Mean Girls, in which a formerly home-schooled girl named Cady (Lindsay Lohan) gets dropped into the sneaky, vicious world of the Plastics, three adolescent glamour-girls who dominate their public high school's social heirarchy. Cady first befriends a couple of art-punk outsiders who persuade her to infiltrate the Plastics and destroy them from within--but power corrupts, and Cady soon finds the glory of being a Plastic to be seductive. Mean Girls joins the ranks of Clueless, Bring It On, and Heathers, cunning movies that use the hormone-pressurized high school milieu to put the dark impulses of human nature--ambition, envy, lust, revenge--under a comic microscope. Fey manages to skewer everyone without forgetting the characters' hapless humanity; it's a dazzling and delightful balancing act. --Bret Fetzer

  • Romance Collection (How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Failure To Launch, Just Like Heaven, Forces of Nature) Romance Collection (How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Failure To Launch, Just Like Heaven, Forces of Nature) | DVD | (24/11/2008) from £13.06  |  Saving you £6.93 (34.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003): Andie needs to prove she can dump a guy in 10 days. Ben needs to prove he can win a girl in 10 days. Now the clock is ticking-and the year's most wildly entertaining comedy smash is off and running in this irresistible tale of sex lies and outrageous romantic fireworks! Failure To Launch (2006): Matthew McConaughey is Tripp a 35 year old who still lives with his parents. And who can blame him? It's free he's got a great room and mom (Kathy Bates) does the laundry. Desperate to get him out of the house his parents hire a gorgeous woman Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) to give him a little...push. They just didn't expect Tripp would push back! Just Like Heaven (2005): When David (Mark Ruffalo) rented his quaint San Francisco apartment the last thing he expected - or wanted - was a roommate. He had only begun to make a complete mess of the place when a pretty but decidedly controlling young woman names Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) suddenly shows up adamantly insisting the apartment is hers. David assumes there's been a giant misunderstanding...until Elizabeth disappears as mysteriously as she appeared. Changing the locks does nothing to deter Elizabeth who begins to appear and disappear at will - mostly to rebuke David for his personal living habits in her apartment. Convinced she is a ghost David tries to help Elizabeth cross over to the 'other side'. But when Elizabeth discovers she does have a distinctly ethereal quality - she can walk through walls - she is equally convinced that she is somehow still alive and isn't crossing over anywhere. As Elizabeth and David search for the truth about who Elizabeth is and how she came to be in her present state their relationship deepens into love. Unfortunately they have very little time before their prospects for a future together permanently fade away. Forces Of Nature (1999): It's only two days before his wedding when Ben's (Ben Affleck) plane skids out of control leaving him stranded in New York with no way home to his nervous fianc''e in Savannah. Against his better judgment the reliable groom-to-be hitches a ride with free spirited traveler Sarah (Sandra Bullock) - setting off the year's most riotous road trip. At first these two opposites attract nothing but trouble in a sidesplitting series of comic mishap as and unnatural disasters. But an irresistible attraction and the forces of nature threaten to detour them forever in this sexy whirlwind adventure Jeffrey Lyons (WNBC-TV) declared a fun hip ride - one you'll never forget.

  • Mr. Popper's Penguins/ Marmaduke Double Pack [DVD] [2010] Mr. Popper's Penguins/ Marmaduke Double Pack | DVD | (04/06/2012) from £9.35  |  Saving you £3.64 (28.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Mr. Popper's PenguinsBased on the 1938 book of the same name by Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a comedy about how the surprise appearance of a penguin at a New York businessman's door turns his life completely upside down, while simultaneously teaching him an important lesson about the value of family. Far from the small-town painter featured in the book, the film's Mr. Popper is a real estate developer who lives in an exclusive apartment on Park Avenue, has his sights set on becoming a partner in his firm, and is an every-other-weekend father to his two children. A ruthless developer with no time for anything but business, Mr. Popper resolves to deal with his father's parting gift of a penguin by getting rid of the annoying bird as quickly as possible. That process proves much more difficult than expected, even with the help of his ultra-efficient assistant Pippi, who speaks primarily in p's, and Mr. Popper soon winds up with six penguins. Even more unexpected is how markedly those penguins begin to affect the relationship between Mr. Popper and his children and how that change affects the rest of Mr. Popper's life. Jim Carrey's performance as Mr. Popper is very good--he capitalises on the many comic opportunities afforded by the idea of keeping penguins in a New York apartment while showing an uncharacteristic restraint that's quite refreshing. Ophelia Lovibond is quite comical as Pippi and Angela Lansbury also makes a strong appearance as one of Mr. Popper's potential business clients. As Pippi would say, the premise of the power of the penguin to promote personal prosperity and perpetuate personal peace positively prevails in Mr. Popper's Penguins. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi MarmadukeMarmaduke is a lighthearted comedy based on the comic strip by Brad Anderson. When Phil gets a job with an organic pet food company in California, he moves his family, including his huge Great Dane Marmaduke and Balinese cat Carlos, from their home in Kansas in order to pursue his new job opportunity, but he's so wrapped up in his new job that he doesn't really take time to listen to his wife and kids and consider their needs. Marmaduke knows exactly what's going on, but he can't get Phil to listen, and besides, he's got his own problems trying to fit in at the local dog park. Phil and Marmaduke each struggle to impress their peers and reinvent themselves in the image of what they think others want them to be, but they only wind up hurting themselves and their family. Marmaduke is full of classic, if overused comic moments--the oversized dog passing gas while lying on Phil and Debbie's bed, Marmaduke and his dog friends trashing the house at an out-of-control dog party, and a crazy dog-surfing scene--but the gags manage to not completely overwhelm the plot, as happened in Furry Vengeance, and the film leaves viewers with an important message about the value of family, being true to oneself, and taking time to really listen to those you love. Marmaduke could almost be classified as Marley and Me light: it combines silly gags with a serious message like Marley and Me, but it lacks a high level of emotional investment. Voice talent includes Owen Wilson, George Lopez, Fergie, Emma Stone, and Kiefer Sutherland. Marmaduke isn't a great film, but the kids will be entertained by it and most adults will find it palatable enough. (Rated PG for some rude humour and language, but appropriate for most ages 7 and older.)--Tami Horiuchi

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