Max (trailer above)
A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. Shamelessly patriotic, the film’s plot goes from improbable to ridiculous to unbelievable, all the while making sure we remember the good fight and noble sacrifice our troops are making overseas. If there is a bright spot, it’s young actor Josh Wiggins who impresses as Max’s young, troubled owner. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG. 111 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.
Newlywed couple Ted, who’s a talking stuffed bear mind you, and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. His buddy John (Mark Wahlberg) is with him every step of the way. If you enjoyed the first entry in this series, then this will be right in your wheelhouse as the humor is as crude and tasteless as you’d expect. However, the film meanders horribly, running at least a half hour too long, as this is an exercise in repetition rather than innovation. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 108 minutes. AMC, CAR, HAR, SAV.