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Marmaduke | 2010 | PG | - 1.2.1

A Great Dane named Marmaduke (Owen Wilson) struggles to fit in when his human companions relocate to California. Along the way, the whole family comes to terms with what their priorities ought to be. Also with Lee Pace, Judy Greer, David Walliams and William H. Macy and the voices of Emma Stone, George Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Steve Coogan, Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson, Kiefer Sutherland and Sam Elliott. Directed by Tom Dey. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife kiss a couple of times. A husband and his wife kiss while sitting together in bed (both are clothed) a couple of times.
 A teen girl and a teen boy flirt awkwardly in a few scenes. A male dog and a female dog sit in a junkyard with dimmed lighting and romantic music playing. A dog flirts with another dog in a few scenes. Dogs dance together on a beach.
 A cat lies on his back and while dreaming says, "Ladies please." A female dog talks to a male dog about romance, what girls like and what her dream date would be like.
 People are dressed in swimsuits in a beach scene. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal a bit of cleavage in a few scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A street opens up and fills with water, and a dog falls in; she yells for help, another dog jumps into the water after her, they are both swept away by the current, they hold onto large pieces of tree limb and are rescued. A huge wave builds behind two dogs on surfboards, one falls off his board, and the other continues to surf the wave, becomes lost inside the curl, re-emerges, flips into the air and lands in the water unharmed.
 A large dog snarls and barks at an animal control officer; the man falls to the ground, gets up and the dog chases him off-screen.
 Several dogs surround a cat, one dog smacks it a couple of times, the cat sails through the air, the dog then picks it up by the tail, spins it around and throws it (we see the tail missing some of its fur). Several dogs surround and taunt a cat the spins around in circles trying to find a way to get away.
 A dog stands in a bathtub while being bathed, jumps out of the tub still covered with bubbles, a man chases him through the house, grabs his tail, and is dragged until the dog becomes stuck in a doggie door. A dog pushes a man into a swimming pool. A dog runs into a man and knocks him hard to the ground; the dog runs by again flipping the man into the air.
 Many dogs are shown at a house having a party: we hear glass breaking, see the furniture being destroyed, and one dog urinates on a sofa. People yell at dog in several scenes when he digs several holes in a yard, when he runs frantically through a park, when he tears up a house, and when he knocks people and a display stage down.
 A large dog approaches another dog, and he snarls and barks loudly. A dog chases another dog on a crowded stage, knocking people down, and turning over tables stacked with merchandise, etc. A dog tied to a bench arm pulls the bench and the man sitting on the bench is thrown off (he's OK).
 A dog threatens another dog in a few scenes and says, "You're dead." A husband and his wife argue over a dog. Several dogs talk about another dog that they say, "Went crazy from rabies and ate his owner, and he sits on a pile of bones from his other victims." A dog talks about hating water. A dog talks about being afraid of Pumas.
 A cat is thrown into the air when the recliner he is sitting on is opened (we hear a screech and see it sail through the air). A dog jumps off a roof and into a swimming pool (unharmed). A man falls out of his bed and lands on a hard floor.
  A dog urinates in a man's drinking cup (we see the stream) and the man drinks from it (he yells). We see a large, sticky, stringy fur ball on the floor (a cat presumably coughed it up). A dog flatulates on a few occasions and humans react to the odor. A dog reacts to another dog's bad breath. A cat burps and feathers come out of his mouth (it is implied that he ate a bird). A dog urinates on a car tire (we see the stream). Dogs are shown drinking from a toilet in a few scenes.
 A dog burns himself when he takes a bite from a grilled cheese sandwich, drops the sandwich and plunges his head in a sink filled with water.
 A dog panics when a bee lands on his nose and runs around frantically (another dog has the same reaction later). A dog is afraid of thunder, lightning, and rain.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild scatological term, 2 mild anatomical, name-calling (two-leggers, rich, garbage breath, spoiled, mutts, jocks, jerk, tomboy, drama geeks, mushroom heads, freak, gigantor, Shamu, steaming pile, dirt, bitter, phony baloney, sell-out, wiener dog, Marmapuke, Marmafake, Afghan Hound, crazy, big dufus, liar), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A dog and a cat are given sedative-laced meatballs, they react as if they are intoxicated and they collapse inside a kennel (we see them OK later), and two dogs act intoxicated and it implied that they got that way by eating mushrooms.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, fitting in, canine/human relationships, friendship, loyalty, priorities, cliques, jealousy, romance, bullying, potential, pure breeds, taking things for granted, segregation.

MESSAGE - People and animals take care of each other.

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