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Max (2015)

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A military dog that helped American Marines in Afghanistan returns to the United States and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Director:

Boaz Yakin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Haden Church ... Ray Wincott
Josh Wiggins ... Justin Wincott
Luke Kleintank ... Tyler Harne
Lauren Graham ... Pamela Wincott
Robbie Amell ... Kyle Wincott
Mia Xitlali ... Carmen
Dejon LaQuake ... Chuy
Jay Hernandez ... Sergeant Reyes
Owen Harn ... Deputy Stack
Joseph Julian Soria ... Emilio
Raymond W. Beal Raymond W. Beal ... Animal Control Handler #1 / Marine (as Raymond Beal)
Edgar Arreola ... Cartel Leader
Jason Davis ... Police Officer (as Jason Alexander Davis)
Pete Burris ... S-2 Major
Miles Mussenden ... Captain
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Storyline

When Kyle Wincott is killed in the war, his war dog, Max, suffers from stress. Max is to be put down because he has trouble listening to anyone else, until he meets Justin, Kyle's brother. Justin adopts and saves Max. Then both of their lives will never be the same again. Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

Best Friend. Hero. Marine.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | Family | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Max: Bester Freund. Held. Retter. See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,155,254, 28 June 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,652,003, 11 October 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song, "Forever Young", that is played at the closing credits was the theme song of Parenthood (2010), which Lauren Graham starred in. See more »

Goofs

During the church scene, the DVD subtitles identify a speaker as a soldier (U.S. Army), but he is in fact a marine (U.S. Marine Corps). For over 100 years, U.S. Armed Forces doctrine has maintained that marines and soldiers are two very different things. See more »

Quotes

Kyle Wincott: Nose of a dog, the heart of a marine, sounds like a hero to me!
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Soundtracks

Can You Get to That
Written by George Clinton & Ernie Harris
Performed by Houndmouth
Courtesy of Rough Trade
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Parts were great! Other parts could use more polish
27 June 2015 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

I liked part of it, and was disappointed with another aspect of it. I liked the dogs, the "name" actors, and the overall, one-paragraph story. I had trouble with the script, the execution of the story, and some of the minor character actors.

I was also nervous about seeing a corny, ultra-patriotic political war message. That was surprisingly absent. Handled with subtlety, it was in very good taste. I was also nervous about the prospect of an overly sentimental dog story, one that might even be maudlin. tear-jerker (Sad is OK, but intentionally "pushing buttons" over and over just to create melodrama is tiresome). Needn't have worried - it was handled with a deft touch - subtle, yet moving. Good job with that.

The problem I had was the script, and thus the movement of the plot. It felt like some pieces were missing, somehow. Not fluid, not smooth. It was clunky and a bit clumsy - like a hastily made afternoon TV movie.

The girl, Carmen, was actually the best all-round kid here. Good actor - I totally bought her emotions, her dog training skills, and her overall motivations. The curl-haired guy, Chuy, was so annoying as a character - I couldn't tell if I was disliking the kid or the character. I suspect it was the character (so maybe that was good acting? Dunno).

I am a university teacher, and in my line of work this story would be great, but again, the script itself came off as a rough draft. A few more rewrites and 6 months of polishing would have made a big difference.

All in all - not bad. Probably family friendly, from 8 years old and up.


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