MEGAN LEAVEY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 56 mins.

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MEGAN LEAVEY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 56 mins. 

Starring Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Common, Edie Falco, Bradley Whitford, and Rex.  

With her home life in shambles, and with no direction in sight, Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) makes the monumental decision to enter into the US Marine Corp, much to the dismay of her divorced parents Jackie (Edie Falco) and Bob (Bradley Whitford)

Secure in her decision, but now apprehensive on where to focus her energies within the Corp, Megan happens upon the training center for the elite bomb and explosives sniffing canines.

Intrigued by their training facility ~ and what these animals actually do ~ Megan waits for an opportunity to be able to train one of these very special creatures.

When Gunnery Sergeant Martin (Common) sees fit to give Corporal Leavey her own animal, named Rex ~ both handler and canine find this opportunity to be both challenging, and rewarding, as they begin to form an incredible bond between the two of them…

Sent to the Iraqi war to prove they are the “Best explosives team” to save our troops, their bond becomes even stronger as Rex saves many soldiers, including Leavey.

When Leavey decides to return home ~ and does not reenlist ~ it seems that the only part missing from her life now is her furry companion, so she sets out to adopt her best friend. Blindsided when the Marines decide Rex is “unadoptable”, Leavey gets ready to take on the Corp, and

the US Government if she has to, trying to convince everyone that there is only one place for Rex to retire to, and that is at home with her

I give MEGAN LEAVEY a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT & CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD: Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite manages to leave an indelible mark on the big screen, as she shares the real-life story of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey. Mara does a fabulous job depicting Leavey, from the struggling youngster, to the confident and headstrong Marine. Falco is perfect as Leavey’s mom too, although I wish her role would have been more significant throughout. Whitford’s role, although also small in screen time, was perfectly acted too. Plus, the relationship that develops between handler and animal depicted in the film is enjoyable to view too. So why the“Less than Perfect” review? Because I felt all throughout the film that it needed more finesse, along with more intensity. I love biographical storylines, but I also felt that this film was subpar in this area as well ~ especially with the minimal exposure for the audience to actually experience this team “in action” assisting throughout the war. Bottom line for me with this one is…If you love biographies, and enjoy nothing more than hanging with your very own “man’s best friend”, then you want to head out this weekend and catch this rather entertaining film. But, if you are hoping that this film is going to bring you to tears and make your love your furry friends even more than you already do, then you might be rather disappointed, by the time its all through…

Kathy Kaiser