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Some Movies to See this Weekend, June 26, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015 Rob Samuelson

It's fairly quiet this weekend as far as volume of releases goes. But there are two ideas at play in the respective films being released that tend to get people out to the theaters. In one, there is a heroic dog, and dogs are good. People like dogs. People want dogs to be okay in movies. People want dogs to be in movies, period, hence a dog headlining a movie. In the other, there's a cute anthropomorphized thing saying bad words in a sequel to a movie about a cute anthropomorphized thing saying bad words. Let's take a look.

Director: Boaz Yakin
Writers: Boaz Yakin, Sheldon Lettich
Starring: Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank

Max is a dog who is a war veteran. He gets adopted by his handler from Afghanistan, like if Bubba had survived and brought Forrest home to mooch for shrimp scraps from the kids under the table instead of mowing their lawn like that could bring back their father (or brother? I don't remember). This is a scenario I would personally much rather see. Tom Hanks could totally pull off being a dog. Have you seen the last 20 minutes of Captain Phillips? That guy can do anything, plus who wants to see his nice friend Bubba die? I'm going to write a Brian's Winter-style What If? of Forrest Gump right now. See you folks later.


After I write about the other release first.

Ted 2
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesly Wild
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried

Full disclosure: I never saw the first Ted. I vaguely remember people enjoying it and being surprised the man behind Family Guy could make a movie that involved a narrative and not a bunch of punchlines. It appears the guys, Mark Wahlberg and his hard-living teddy bear pal of the movie's title, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, remain drinking buddies, ready to get into trouble at a moment's notice.

Joining them this time out is Amanda Seyfried, taking over for Mila Kunis as Wahlberg's lady friend who must deal with his obvious schizophrenia. This is a dark premise, people. He clearly drove off his previous girlfriend because she couldn't put up with his drinking compounding the unaddressed mental illness.

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