Marley & Me: The Puppy Years is a formulaic family DVD. Not that this is surprising considering The Puppy Years is a straight to DVD prequel to the original and more mature Marley & Me. This is the kind of movie kids will enjoy, it after all bluntly caters to that audience, and parents will watch absentmindedly.
A puppy aged Marley who now possesses the power of speech is being dog sat by young Bodi Grogan (Fred Figglehorn lookalike Travis Turner). He in turn is being sat by his supposedly rough but loveable grandfather (Donnelly Rhodes). Bodi is under the impression if he trains Marley he will be allowed to get his own dog. Marley and Bodi meet Kaycee and Godiva, her pug, and are told about a training contest.
To make sure the writers have lots of easy ammunition, the training contest is for teams of 3 dogs. Brodi conveniently learn a neighbor has two golden retriever puppies Moose and Fuschia and he makes a deal to train all three.
Marley & Me has its moments. The best is when Bodi finishes building his obstacle course and everything falls apart domino style.
Parents will probably object to the bad guy using shock collars to train his Dobermans. His Cherman Aksunt is also objectionable.
Parents will find there are a few positive things kids can learn in this family DVD.
Product placement is rather blatant in Marley & Me The Puppy Years.
Special features for Marley & Me The Puppy Years are My Favorite Moments, Training Camp, and Part of the Family.