This is a movie based around a dog returning from overseas from military duty to live with the family of his deceased handler. You got me at the word “dog”! Remember that I don’t see movies for free so my ratings reflect this!

Director :- Boaz Yakin

Starring :- Josh Wiggins, Dejon LaQuake, Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez

Max The Military Job

Now I wasn’t expecting Oscar level greatness but I also was hoping it wouldn’t be a cookie cutter movie. Unfortunately it is. Most of the main characters are cliché – Where “Me And Earl And The Dying Girl” got it right when it comes to teenagers they got it wrong, mostly. The third act is solid and fun but most of it is by the numbers.

It’s a shame really because most of the actors are ones you recognize and they are solid performers but these are paint by numbers performances going on. There’s the stern dad, the lazy son, and the mom playing peace-keeper. There’s the crazy friend of the son and his hot cousin the son falls for.

Not to say it’s a bad movie but if you go in with high expectations, you’re fooling yourself. I felt like this movie would’ve been better going straight to cable. The dog is the star and if you’re coming for the dog you won’t be disappointed.

The set up is nothing special but the third act is a bit of redemption for the film. The plot made me feel like I was watching an after school special sometimes. Like I stated I was expecting Citizen Kane but was hoping it wasn’t Ishtar. It’s not Ishtar but I would say only go see this if you have kids or like animals.

Owen’s Ratings: See It: First Day, First Week, In Theaters, At Home, Don’t Bother. See It: At Home – Hate to say it but might better off waiting for it see it home unless you have kids/animals or seen all the other kids movies already.


1) Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
1) Mad Max Fury Road
2) Dope
3) Ex Machina.
4) Terminator Genisys
5) Avengers: Age of Ultron
6) Love & Mercy
7) Jurassic World
8) Chappie
9) Maggie
10) Max
11) Entourage

Agreements/disagreements welcomed I can be reached at @OwenTheTonk on Twitter

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  1. Brian

    July 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Well, at least the doggy did his part well!
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  2. Melissa & Angel Truffles

    July 31, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Thank you for the honest review. I’ve been looking forward to seeing this since I first saw the movie trailer, but plan to watch it at home because I just know there will be plenty of tears shed!


  3. Glogirly

    July 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you so much for an honest review, Owen. We love movies, animals and we are a US Marine family so we were very curious about this movie. Sounds like we’ll wait until it hits cable or Netflix. ; )
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  4. meowmeowmans

    July 30, 2015 at 6:40 am

    “It’s not Ishtar…” – Awesome quote, Owen! 😉

    Thank you for the honest and thorough review. We *would* be going for the dog, but we think we’re going to wait to see this one at home.

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  5. da tabbies o trout towne

    July 30, 2015 at 4:48 am

    dood…manee thanx for yur honest ree view. de food serviss gurlz gram paw hadda pup that served in WW2; hence de interest in thiz film & we were wunderin how thiz mewvie stacked up !! insert hearts XXXX


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