Max
PG
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +2

Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church. Family Action Adventure. Directed by Boaz Yakin.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott.† But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyleís teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyleís family, essentially saving his life.† But Justin†has issues of his own, such as living up to his fatherís expectations for him; he†isnít interested in taking responsibility for his brotherís troubled dog.† However, Max may be Justinís only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of a tough-talking young teen, Carmen, who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion.†Justinís growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race against time to unravel the mystery, they find more excitementóand dangeróthan they bargained for.† But they each might also find an unlikely new best friendÖin each other.

This film has been rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic†elements.

PREVIEW REVIEW: This isnít just about a dog and his sullen teenage master. Itís a film of substance, ultimately reminding us of one of Godís great gifts to mankind, the canine. They can be trained to see for us, hear for us, heal us, protect us. They serve the military, the police, our firefighters and those distressed. Different breeds of dog can be trained to do just about anything. On top of that, they love us, forgive us and often better us.

Here Max helps bring together a dysfunctional family. And since there seems to be a great many of those, any film offering aid in that endeavor is a positive addition to the cinema scene.

The film has dimension as well as being an engrossing adventure.

Favorite Dog Movie: Lots of favorites, but My Dog Skip is hard to beat. Drawn from Willie Morrisís best-selling memoir, My Dog Skip is a coming-of-age tale that looks back on how a terrier pup helped a shy boy, bullied by schoolmates and strictly handled by an aloof father, come to grips with loneliness. Young Frankie Muniz as the filmís junior protagonist is never cutesy or precocious, but rather down to earth. It is replete with lessons in friendship, loneliness, and death. And that dog - he could give Snoopy charm lessons! FULL REVIEW

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros./MGM

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: One minor expletive.
Profanity: None
Violence: Dog battle; war explosion; some shooting.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Brief drinking
Other: None
Running Time: 111 minutes
Intended Audience: Ten and Up

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