Corinne Lamoral is a freelance writer and media consultant, practicing part time corporate communications. She lives with her husband and three children on a koppie in Johannesburg where she pretends the distant hum of traffic is the ocean.

Perfect family movie -Marmaduke (NuMetro)

Marmaduke is a well-meaning, lovable Great Dane trying to make friends in a new neighbourhood when his owners move from Kansas to California. Just like his owner, who is trying to impress his new boss, Marmaduke gets caught up trying to impress all the cool dogs in the neighbourhood.  With a hilarious depiction of the dog park as a microcosm of a typical high school complete with geek dogs, drama dogs, jock dogs and bimbo dogs (Afghans), the script is clever and fresh with a huge cast of memorable doggy characters. Voiced by Owen Wilson, you can just imagine Marmaduke’s big goofy grin as he talks.  There are some corny, over the top moments, but on the whole it’s a good family movie with a sweet, down to earth message about friendship and family. Oh and the surfing scene is great fun – my children could not stop laughing and they all refer to Marmaduke as the surfing dog movie, even though it’s just a small part of the overall action.

Age Restriction: All ages.

There have been a couple of children’s movies out during the holidays but it’s not always easy to find one that is perfect for a range of children, especially ones under 10.  Marmaduke is my top dog, if you’ll pardon the pun.  My children aged 4, 6 and 9 all enjoyed it.  While Joe (4) really loves the slush puppy and popcorn most, he laughed and thought the dogs were funny.  I found myself laughing out loud at times, so you won’t mind having to take the children for an outing either.

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