Marmaduke Trailer: Worst Thing Ever?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:21 pm,

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The Huffington Post says the trailer for Marmaduke “may be the worst thing ever.” Obviously they may be going a bit overboard with the hyperbole, but I can see why this trailer would make even the most masochistic movie-watcher cringe.

For those not keeping score at home, Marmaduke is directed by Tom Dey (the 2002 Eddie Murphy/Robert DeNiro disaster Showtime) and stars Owen Wilson as the titular Great Dane.

Lee Pace stars in a live-action role, and after seeing him do some excellent work in Tarsem’s The Fall, it pains me to see him in a movie like this. The same sentiment is echoed for Judy Greer, also playing a live-action role; she was great on Arrested Development and FX’s Archer, so she’s way above material like this.

The film also includes the voice talents of George Lopez, Fergie, Emma Stone, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeremy Piven, and Steve Coogan.

Here’s the Marmaduke trailer [WARNING!!! ONCE SEEN YOU CANNOT "UNSEE" IT!]:

It would take a three-page article to count the eye-roll-inducing moments in this trailer, so I’ll spare you every detail and cover the major offenders:

Things go wrong right off the bat as the trailer opens with three different accounts of someone saying “Marmaduke!” in an exasperated tone, followed almost immediately by a bathroom “joke” that is far more disturbing than it is funny. William H. Macy continues his streak of appearing in family-friendly roles and is rewarded by being knocked down (twice!) by the comically over-sized Marmaduke.

At this point you might be thinking I’m overreacting, that this trailer isn’t as terrible as I’m making it out to be. Then you see the scene in which Marmaduke surfs…on a surfboard…in the ocean. And after Marmaduke ejects his cat friend from a recliner and winks at the camera, this trailer spirals into the depths recently traversed by Beverly Hills Chihuahua: a full-on dog dance sequence.

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However, for me, the most ridiculous aspect of this trailer is the seriousness with which Kiefer Sutherland delivers his lines. Even though he’s just doing voice-over work, the fact that he can say that “gopher” line with a straight face proves more than any season of 24 that this man is a consummate professional and an actor of the highest caliber. (Interestingly, Sutherland’s name does not appear on the film’s IMDB page.)

Marmaduke has a release date of June 4th, 2010. If this trailer is any indication of the final product, then I can safely suggest that on June 4th you be almost anywhere on Earth rather than in a theater with Marmaduke on the marquee.

Does anyone out there think this looks remotely entertaining, even as a kid’s film?

Source: Yahoo Movies

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  1. This will be the first and only time I agree with anything from the huffington post. This movie was a bad idea from the start. Some movie exec thought it would be a good idea to turn their favorite comic strip into a feature length film? This is as bad of an idea as the idea to possibly bring Stretch Armstrong to the big screen……….

  2. my eyes!
    my eyes!!
    me eyes!!!


    my brain!!!!!

    this was… yes… the worst trailer I've ever seen.
    And I apologize for not following your advice.

    it is true. once seen, it can never be unseen.

  3. I know this looks bad but thats to us adults. My girls watched it and thoughtit was great; theyare of course 3 & 4. This will apeal to the littel ones and will do well on rental and sell thru.

  4. Go claymation…


  5. You are the parent. You are in control. Your children cannot MAKE you do anything. When they try to “make” you take them to Marmaduke, show them a high-quality comedy instead. Might they whine and complain? Sure, but at least you won't be dumbing-down your kids by exposing them to drivel, and you won't be dumbing-down Hollywood by funding insulting movies like this one.

  6. HONESTLY, it doesnt look that bad, i mean the dancing dogs was a bit much, and i dont think theres been a new marmuduke comic strip in years, but i would be a good kids film and it has plenty of good credible actors(and some that are'nt)

  7. So I guess you'd have your kids watch the oh so brilliant, family friendly, “Kiskass?”

  8. Well, maybe if it ever comes out you'll appreciate the atrocity they dare to call “The Gren Hornet.”