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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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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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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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9 June 2017 (USA)  »

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Leavey  »

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


$13,406,304 (USA) (14 September 2017)

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Both Kate Mara and the real Megan Leavey were born in 1983. See more »


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


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 »


My Own Worst Enemy
Written by Jeremy Popoff, A. Jay Popoff (as Alan Popoff), Kevin Baldes and Allen Shellenberger
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Under license from EMI Entertainment World, Inc.
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A sentimental tear-jerker, especially if you're an animal lover!
22 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'MEGAN LEAVY': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A biographical drama based on the true story of a Marine corporal (named Megan Leavy) and the combat dog (named Rex) that she bonded with. It was directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite; who also helmed another animal sympathizer film called 'BLACKFISH' (a critically acclaimed documentary about the horribly inhumane treatment of captive killer whales). The script was written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt. It stars Kate Mara (in the title role), Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Common, Edie Falco, Bradley Whitford and Will Patton. The movie has received mostly positive reviews from critics, and it's done well at the Box Office so far. Being an animal lover myself, I really enjoyed this movie.

Megan Leavy (Mara) joined the Marines after failing at many other jobs where she had to interact with people. Due to her motivation, and extreme dedication, she exceeded expectations as a Marine corporal, and due to her less than stellar people skills she also became uniquely talented at relating to combat dogs. Especially a really hard to manage military working dog named Rex. They served two deployments together, in Iraq (in 2005 and 2006), and bonded extremely well; which made them both very good at their jobs. The two were also wounded together, on their second deployment, where Rex saved Megan's life.

The movie is of course a sentimental tear-jerker, especially if you're an animal lover (or especially a dog lover), but it's not overly clichéd at all. It's actually really well made and believable. Both Mara and the dog that plays Rex are great in their roles, and I think any compassionate person could really sympathize and relate to their characters (and their characters' relationship). It's not as important a film as 'BLACKFISH', or as educational, but it's just as moving and powerful.

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