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MEGAN LEAVEY is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) 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. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (BLACKFISH) from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt, the film also stars Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common.
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Critics Consensus: Megan Leavey honors its real-life subjects with a sensitive, uplifting drama whose honest emotion more than makes up for its mild approach to the story.
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Poignant, earnest drama about a Marine and her war dog.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Megan Leavey is an inspiring, poignant drama based on the true story of a young Marine corporal who worked with a bomb-sniffing combat dog to keep their fellow soldiers safe during the war in Iraq. Megan (Kate Mara), like her dog, Rex, is initially considered aggressive and unpredictable, but together they work effectively and are touchingly close. The movie has several scenes of war, including tense, violent moments set in Iraq in which IEDs explode. Megan and Rex are both injured during a mission, and a supporting character dies while deployed. The language is occasionally strong and includes "s--t," "piss," "crap," goddamn," and one "f--k." Civilian and military adults drink, in one case so much that the person throws up. Late in the film, a relationship between Megan and another soldier turns romantic, and there are a few scenes of making out on a bed (he's shirtless) that make it clear they've had sex. Viewers will learn a lot about the Marines' war dogs and their handlers and will come away with strong messages about teamwork, perseverance, communication, and courage.
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- Release Date:June 9, 2017
- Audio Format:5.1
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