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Megan Leavey

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poignant, earnest drama about a Marine and her war dog.

Movie PG-13 2017 116 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

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This movie is no doubt the most heartfelt and touching story i've ever seen!! ❤

Me and my husband absolutely loves this movie !! I watch it all the time it's so heartfelt !! This amazing young lady Marine Corporal Meagan Leavey and her amazing MWD Sergeant Rex have developed a awesome strong bond with one another and worked together perfectly!! I highly salute the both of them and other Marines of course all who serve in our military!! I difinatly support this movie and all of our military!!! I think though that children 13 and up should only be allowed to watch depending on their maturity

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Mara shines in this touching, refreshingly apolitical military drama as a young Marine recruit who finds her calling as a dog handler. Mara may be in her 30s, but she's convincing as a younger woman who's unmotivated and grieving until she joins the Marines and discovers the K-9 unit. And she's surrounded by talented actors in supporting roles, including Megan's divorced parents -- Edie Falco as her clueless mom and Bradley Whitford as her quietly supportive dad -- and fellow soldiers, but this is clearly her film, and she's in every scene of it. Megan isn't particularly likable at first, but as the film progresses, audiences will feel invested in both her and her connection to Rex.

Despite foreshadowing to prepare for it, the romance between Megan and Matt Morales feels slightly unnecessary. The bantering conversation between the two would have played just as well if they'd never moved past platonic friendship, although perhaps it's part of the real Leavey's story that they become a couple. Not all stories about women need a romance, but at least they stay friends long enough to tease out the attraction. And somehow, despite being about the Iraq war, the film manages to stay uncritical of the war while still showing the uglier side of it. It's patriotic without being nationalistic, which is a tricky (but refreshing) balance to pull off. Sensitive dog lovers should be aware that animals look injured but survive and are celebrated as deserving of a home, no matter how startled or aggressive they might seem under upsetting circumstances.

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