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|Directed by||Tom Dey|
|Produced by||John Davis|
|Written by||Tim Rasmussen
Vince Di Meglio
by Brad Anderson
William H. Macy
|Music by||Christopher Lennertz|
|Edited by||Don Zimmerman|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Marmaduke is a 2010 American live action comedy film adaptation of Brad Anderson's comic strip of the same name. The film is directed by Tom Dey, produced by John Davis, written by Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio, distributed by 20th Century Fox, produced by Regency Enterprises, Davis Entertainment, United Media, Dune Entertainment and Intrigue Film and stars Owen Wilson, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, William H. Macy, Steve Coogan, Sam Elliott, Fergie, George Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone and Kiefer Sutherland with music by Christopher Lennertz. The film was released on June 4, 2010. Though it was a financial success, the film was met with largely negative reviews.
Marmaduke (Owen Wilson) is a Great Dane living in rural Kansas with a cat named Carlos (George Lopez). His owner, Phil Winslow (Lee Pace), works for Bark Organic dog food. Phil is very strict, from Marmaduke's perspective.
One day, Carlos tells Marmaduke that he overheard Phil saying that they were being transferred to Orange County. They move from Kansas into their new house in California. Phil's boss, Don Twombly (William H. Macy), has the goal of getting Bark Organic into every Petco store in the country. Phil and Don meet at the dog park to discuss Phil's assignment – an ad campaign to win over Petco. There, Marmaduke meets a beautiful Rough Collie named Jezebel (Fergie), whose boyfriend is Bosco (Kiefer Sutherland), a controlling and violent Beauceron with two Miniature Pinscher minions named Thunder and Lightning (Damon Wayans, Jr. and Marlon Wayans). Bosco intimidates Marmaduke, who does not want to fight.
Marmaduke then meets Mazie (Emma Stone), who develops a crush on Marmaduke. He also meets Giuseppe (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a Chinese Crested dog who is afraid of everything, and Raisin (Steve Coogan), a highly intelligent but decidedly minute Dachshund. They get together at night and crash a pedigrees-only party thrown by Bosco, only to be scared away by Bosco. Marmaduke asks Mazie to help him get a girl, whom she presumes is herself but is actually Jezebel.
Marmaduke has Carlos pretend to be lost in the dog park, and the two stage a fight in front of all the other dogs in order to boost Marmaduke's perceived toughness. Marmaduke then enters a dog surfing contest put together as a promotional stunt by Phil to sway Petco and beats Bosco, who is an established dog-surfing champion. They get into a fight, which appalls the Petco executives.
He then takes Jezebel on Mazie's dream date, which the latter watches from afar. While the Winslow family are on Don's boat, Marmaduke throws a party, with most residents of the dog park attending save for Mazie, Giuseppe, and Raisin. Bosco crashes the party and discovers it was Carlos at the dog park. He then exposes Marmaduke, who loses his pedigree friends. He is left with no friends and a destroyed house. When Phil discovers the house in a wreck, he locks Marmaduke outside for the night. Marmaduke runs away, and leaves Mazie a toy that she had given him earlier. Mazie goes to Marmaduke's house, and Carlos tells her Marmaduke never returned. She then goes looking for him. Marmaduke in the meantime has met Chupadogra, a wise, elderly English Mastiff (Sam Elliott) who is feared throughout Orange County for presumably killing his owner. In reality, he ran away to lead the pack, but they abandoned him. He has spent the time alone in the woods with nothing but a blanket and his old water bowl, which reads "Buster". Buster/Chupadogra tells Marmaduke to go home and return to his family while he still has one, and then distracts a dog catcher. Marmaduke leaves, but gets lost.
In the morning, the Winslows discover Marmaduke missing and begin searching for him. Mazie and the family find him at the same time on the streets, but Mazie falls into the subterranean rainwater conduit after the street below her collapses. Marmaduke jumps in after her and Phil tries to retrieve him, as well as the fire department. The fireman saves Mazie, but loses Marmaduke in the raging water. By this time, Phil has been fired for missing the meeting for the last chance with Petco. He then runs to the aqueduct that the conduits lead to and finds Marmaduke in the raging waters. Phil begs Marmaduke to let go of the branch he's holding onto and let the waters carry him to Phil. He reluctantly does, and is saved. Several kids get that on video and put it on YouTube. Since it generates almost 700,000 hits, Phil is rehired. Phil then talks about moving back to Kansas, but the entire Winslow family wants to stay in California. Marmaduke later confronts the pedigrees, saying that differences shouldn't matter, that they're all dogs and should have an equal share of the park. Everyone agrees and turn on Bosco, who leaves, after revealing his fear of bees (which Marmaduke is also afraid of). Meanwhile, the YouTube video also wins the company the Petco deal. He and Don begin thinking of new commercials when they ask each other about if the dogs could talk to each other, or even dance.
The finale then shows Marmaduke, Jezebel, Mazie, Giuseppe, Raisin, and Buster, among others, dancing and singing "What I Like About You", which turns out to be the commercial. In the end, Marmaduke and Mazie are dating, Marmaduke and Jezebel are friends, and all is well. That night, Marmaduke then farts in Phil and Debbie's bed as he winks at the camera.
- Lee Pace as Phil Winslow
- Judy Greer as Debbie Winslow
- William H. Macy as Don Twombly
- Raugi Yu as Drama Trainer
- Finley Jacobsen as Brian Winslow
- Caroline Sunshine as Barbara Winslow
- Milana Haines as Sarah Winslow
- Frank Topol as Bosco's Owner
- Michael Teigen as Gray
- Sydney Imbeau as Little Girl (uncredited)
- Glenn McCuen as Bodie
- David Walliams as Anton Harrison
- Heather Doerksen as Jessica
- Owen Wilson as Marmaduke: a Great Dane and the main protagonist. A large dog, he loves Debbie's cooking, and tries to get Phil to listen to Brian and Barbara.
- Emma Stone as Mazie: an energetic Australian Shepherd tomboy who has a crush on Marmaduke and is his primary love interest. She welcomes him into the local gang to make him feel at home in LA.
- Fergie as Jezebel: a kind-hearted Rough Collie and Marmaduke's original love interest.
- George Lopez as Carlos: a Balinese who is a friend to Marmaduke.
- Kiefer Sutherland as Bosco: a Beauceron and the main antagonist. He gets jealous of the other male dogs in the gang, including its newest arrival.
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Giuseppe: a stylized Chinese Crested Dog.
- Sam Elliott as Chupadogra/Buster: an elderly English Mastiff who they believe got rabies and ate his owner. His real name is Buster.
- Steve Coogan as Raisin, an intelligent Dachshund.
- Marlon Wayans as Lightning: one of Bosco's sidekicks, a Miniature Pinscher.
- Damon Wayans, Jr. as Thunder: Lightning's twin brother and also Bosco's sidekick.
- Todd Glass as Doberman / Shasta.
- Randall Montgomery as Sweater Dog.
- Devon Werkheiser as Drama Dog #1 / Shroom Dog #2 / Golden Dog / Cocker Spaniel.
- Chris Colfer as Drama Dog #2 / Shroom Dog #1 / Beach Dog #1.
- Ryan Devlin as Deuce / Beach Dog #2.
- Jeffrey Garcia as Beach Dog #3.
- King Kedar as Surfing Award Dog / Beach Dog #4 (as King 'AB' Kedar).
- Jennifer Louise La Voie as a Teacup Poodle.
- Daniel Bruce as Devil Dogs
- Hope Levy as Afghan Hound #1.
- Anjelah Johnson as Afghan Hound #2.
- Josh Gad as Bandana Dog.
- Francisco Ramos as Purse Chihuahua #1.
- Bernardo de Paula as Purse Chihuahua #2.
- Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo as Purse Chihuahua #3.
- Jack McGee as Dalmatian.
- Hudson Tahmes as Delinquent Dog.
- James Singer as Young Marmaduke
- Jason Congeryman as Doggy
A live-action Marmaduke movie, in which the Winslows and their dog move from Kansas to California, was released on June 4, 2010.
Release and reception
The film has received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that only 9% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 96 reviews, with an average score of 4.3/10. The critical consensus is: "Dull and unfunny, Marmaduke offers family filmgoers little more than another round of talking animals and scatological humor." Another review aggregate, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized score between 0–100 based on reviews from mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 30 based on 22 reviews. Lopez was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his performance in the film.
Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two out of four stars, and wrote in his review, "The moment I saw Marmaduke's big drooling lips moving, I knew I was in trouble." The Radio Times, however, was quite positive, saying "it's all a tad contrived, but young and old alike will get something from it—even if the lip movements take a bit of getting used to." 
The film earned $3.4 million on opening day, landing in sixth place behind Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Killers, Get Him to the Greek, and Shrek Forever After respectively. This was far below the openings of other talking-animal live-action films and a loss for the studio. The film remained in sixth place over the weekend, with $11.6 million earned for a $3,608 average from 3,213 theaters. In its second weekend, it had a 48% decline to just over $6 million and descending to seventh place. The film closed on September 16, 2010 after grossing $33,644,788 domestically and an additional $50,117,056 overseas for a worldwide total of $83,761,844, making it a financial success.
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Five tracks were confirmed for the film: "California" by Phantom Planet, Bounce Back by Miss Eighty 6 featuring Early Earl, "California Love" by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston, and "What I Like About You" by The Romantics.
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The picture cost Fox and partner New Regency Pictures about $50 million to make.
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