Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Max 2: White House Hero is meh

Movie Title:  Max 2: White House Hero

Grade:  C

Rating:  PG, 1 hour 25 minutes

In a Nutshell:  This family-friendly flick is DOGGONE harmless fun for the kids.  It's somewhat of a sequel to the 2015 Max (2015), produced by Warner Brothers and MGM. 

At the end of the movie, you get to see a bunch of cool pictures of U.S. presidents with their dogs.

Uplifting theme: 
  • “There is no reward without risk.” – Alex (Francesca Capaldi)
  • Keep your promises.
  • Obedience, bravery
  • Family, friendship

Things I liked:
  • I love Washington, D.C.  The images of those epic buildings strike patriotism into every American’s heart.
  • Max is a great dog.  When I was growing up, everyone had a German Shepherd.  You just don’t see them as often anymore as family pets.
  • Alex, the little Russian girl played by Francesca Capaldi, is super cute.
  • Beautiful countryside scenes during the river rafting trip.
  • I love twists, even if they’re expected.

Things I didn’t like:
  • None of the original Max cast or crew were involved in this sequel.  That’s pretty unique for a sequel…and weird, right?
  • A lot of the acting is really bad, like....most of it.
  • I have a hard time believing that a child of the president wouldn’t think it was the coolest thing ever.  The First Son does a lot of whining.  It’s pretty hard to believe he’d be sent with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on his first day of public school.  Both seem extremely unlikely.
  • Max only does a few heroic acts; otherwise, he rolls around and gets pet a lot.
  • As is typical for kids’ movies, the children are smarter than all of the adults.
  • Unimaginative dialogue.
  • Older kids and parents might get bored.
  • The script is pretty dumb.

Funny lines:
  • “I hope she looks good in orange.” – TJ Bennett  (Zane Austin)   Parents might need to explain the prison uniform reference to their kids.

Tips for parents: 
  • No profanity whatsoever.  Yay!
  • You might need to explain American-Russian political relations.  The Russian president in the movie is a version of the manly Vladimir Putin.
  • People fall out of a river raft and are caught in peril.
  • The children are disobedient.


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