‘Marley & Me’ premieres in L.A.

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It was a misty-eyed crowd that exited the Village Theater after Thursday’s premiere of “Marley & Me.”

“I’m going home to my dog,” said one crying woman as she left the theater.

One exec said of the preem scene, “the aisles ran black with mascara.”

At the Napa Valley Grille after-party, the filmmakers discussed the movie’s soft-hearted core.

“The film is a highly emotional experience,” said Fox 2000 topper Elizabeth Gabler. “But I don’t think it ever becomes maudlin; it doesn’t exaggerate anything in an unrealistic way.”

Helmer David Frankel said the pic is “ultimately a tearjerker” but added that “it’s also a sweet and funny film about a marriage — and a happy marriage, which is really rare in a Hollywood movie.”

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