Sunday, June 21, 2015

"MAX" Coming Soon to Theaters

Rated PG
(action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements)

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

In Theaters: June 26, 2015

MAX is about a military dog who serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, Kyle Wincott, a U.S. Marine. But when things go terrible wrong Max loses not only his handler, but his best friend. Traumatized by this loss, Max is unable to remain in service and is shipped stateside.

Max has a hard time adjusting. The only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle's teenage brother, Justin. So Max is adopted by Kyle's family. Justin has issues of his own and, at first, isn't interested in taking responsibility for Max.

Justin grows to trust Max and the two find an unlikely new best friend in each other.

“Max” stars Josh Wiggins (“Hellion”) as Justin Wincott, Lauren Graham (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” TV’s “Parenthood”) as his mom, Pamela, and Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways”) as his dad, Ray.  

You can watch the official trailer here.

One of the major topics this movie addresses is PTSD in dogs. We hear about soldiers suffering from PTSD but rarely hear about how war affects animals, in particular dogs. This movie gives parents the opportunity to talk with their children about PTSD in both humans and dogs.

Here is some information about PTSD in dogs.

  • Who can be affected: 
    • PTSD can affect military dogs as well as household dogs.
  • Causes/Triggers of PTSD:
    • Violent personal assaults
    • Natural or human-caused disasters
    • Accidents
    • Loss of a care taker
    • Military Combat
  • Signs and Symptoms of PTSD:
    • Change in behavior
      • Nervousness
      • Weight loss
      • Aggression
      • Shaking or whining
    • Fearful behavior
      • Avoiding places or things that remind them of the traumatic event.
  • Treatment
    • Retraining them to be comfortable again in tense situations is the number one form of treatment.
      • Training is usually done with a certify/qualified trainer.
    • Military dogs who show signs and symptoms of PTSD are taken out of service.
    • Medications are generally not used since they mask the symptoms instead of helping/training the dog to cope/adapt to stressors.

On Tuesday, my humans are going to an advanced screening. I look forward to hearing and sharing their experience with this film!

A big thanks to Kenn Bell from Dog Files for all of his hard work in sharing and promoting this movie.

Today I'm joining the Monday Mischief blog hop hosted by:
Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies.


  1. I was waiting to see your photos for this post. I saw a commercial for the movie last night and thought of you guys.

  2. MAX will surely be a hit with dog lovers! No doubt many shelter dogs suffer a form of PTSD so I can see this being an informative film too, one that will make us think.

  3. Great post! We are so looking forward to this movie, too! Can't wait to hear what your humans say after seeing the advanced screening! Our post went live this morning...and we join everyone else in eager anticipation of the arrival of June 26th and Max in theaters!

  4. I'm really looking forward to seeing Max in the theatre later this month. Enjoy the advanced screening tomorrow!

  5. We look forward to seeing the movie too. I wish you could go to the screening Spencer -

  6. Hi Y’all!

    My Human is looking forward to the movie. However, she'll have to wait for it to come to TV because there are no movie theatres near. The beauty of rural life...

    I’m still workin’ on my new home, Today I’m tryin’ some changes to the format. This will be my third change, although minor, since my move.

    Thank you if you have been giving me feedback. I would like to know how this layout is working for you personally.
    I appreciate hearing the pros and cons for you when I show y’all a new look.

    Y’all hurry on by now!
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  7. Wow! I love that it's addressing PTSD in both dogs and humans! It's bad enough that it's treated with kid gloves when it comes to humans, but you never hear it being addressed with dogs. Thanks for the heads up!

  8. We are so psyched for this movie. I cried buckets during the trailer the first time. Can't wait!

  9. The movie looks like a must-see for sure!

  10. Thanks for the heads up on the movie. Will have to take Flea. Just wish we could sneak in Flash, Patches, Chewy, Gadget, and Honey. As they were all rescues, they might learn something. Enjoyed your post. Have a great week.