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Megan Leavey (2017)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, War | 9 June 2017 (USA)
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Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
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Jackie Leavey
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Dr. Turbeville
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Michael Forman
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Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy. Written by Bleecker Street

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Biography | Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$3,810,867 (USA) (9 June 2017)

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$12,705,458 (USA) (14 July 2017)
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Trivia

Both Kate Mara and the real Megan Leavey were born in 1983 and grew up in the suburbs of New York City. See more »

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Megan returns home at Christmas time. Patches of snow are seen on the ground, but the vegetation is in full leaf. See more »

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Megan Leavey: You don't leave because you have somewhere to go, you leave because nothing is keeping you there.
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Before the end credits, there was footage of Rex in the pool and photos of him and the real Megan Leavey. See more »


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Written and Performed by Eddie Vedder
Courtesy of Monkeywrench / RCA Records
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Very enjoyable exploration of emotional bond between a human and animal
21 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. It explores the emotional bond between an animal and a human being.

The film is based on the true story of marine corporal who forms a unique bond with a bomb-sniffing dog. Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) enlists to get away from what seems to be a hopeless civilian life. She is an aimless young woman with a deadbeat mom, Jackie (Edie Falco). Megan struggles to fit in as a Marine and, after a disciplinary hearing due to misappropriate behavior, is caught urinating outside of the Provost office after a night of drinking. She is assigned to clean up the K- 9 unit under the command of Gunny Martin (Common). Gunny Martin is a commander who uses tough love while being a mentor.

My favorite scene in the movie is when Megan finds out that she will get a dog to train and it turns out to be a can. It seems that newbies practice training a dog with a can. It is a bit humorous but shows Megan's determination to get a real dog. Megan bonds with an aggressive German shepherd name Rex and is given the opportunity to train him. Megan and Rex end up completing more than 100 missions, but an IED explosion injures them both and puts their fate in jeopardy.

Megan Leavey has lots of wartime violence, strong language and intense themes including trauma and grief. It also shows the strength of women and their accomplishments while not focusing on the brutality of war. This is an inspiring film that I believe is most suited for ages 13 to 18 as well as some adults. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. It opens nationwide June 9, 2017 so, be sure to go see it and learn what happens to Megan and Rex.

Reviewed by Juanita Seon L. KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.


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