maxOpening in theaters today, MAX is a ‘family’ film that suffers primarily from trying to be all things to all people. Directed by BOAZ YAKIN (REMEMBER THE TITANS) and produced by KAREN ROSENFELT (MARLEY & ME), the movie is an old-school mash-up of military jingoism, boy-and-his-dog sap and coming-of-age cliche. Centering on a wayward teen entrusted with the care of the military service dog that belonged to his older brother, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, the film is not so much ‘bad’ as it is relentlessly familiar (despite the inclusion of several more plot twists and diversions). And, this being the middle of summer tent-pole season, MAX feels more like a home video release than a big screen contender.

Newcomer JOSH WIGGINS is great as the teen trying to come to terms with being a teen and LAUREN GRAHAM and THOMAS HAYDEN CHURCH add some ‘name power’ as his concerned parents.

During recent studio generated interviews to promote the film, LAUREN GRAHAM talked about why she thinks MAX will appeal to a very broad audience.(CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

MAX opens in theaters today.

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Posted By: Bob Healy