Hollywood: Please represent the military accurately

The Page house caught a bug this past Christmas (2015).  As a result, we didn’t get out of the house very much; instead we ended up getting extra value from our Netflix and iTunes Movies accounts.

One of the (many) movies we watched was Max (2015: IMDB).

Max Movie Poster Frame

Max Movie Poster Frame

From the IMDB entry for the movie:

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.

I am a former Marine and everyone in the Page house is card-carrying Dog Person so the movie looked awesome.  I won’t spoil it but the movie was very enjoyable and left everyone with good feelings (compulsory for any proper PG-rated dog-related movie!).  If you have dogs in your family I recommend you add Max (iTunesAmazon Video) to your Wish List.

On a recent trip I saw a boy watching the movie in the airport on the family iPad.  It reminded me of this blog post I’d been wanting to write for a while.

Veterans (and Marines in particular) will at least notice, if not be annoyed by, the inaccuracies in the representation / portrayal of Marines.


  • Ranks (i.e., Corporal, Sergeant, etc.)
  • Misuse of words like “command”
  • Salutes and “covers”
  • Tactical behavior
  • Uniform items
  • Uniform presentation
  • and, uh, haircuts

So, to the movie industry – if you need/want someone to help you accurately portray Marines and/or the Marine Corps – find an active duty Marine.  They would be delighted to help; and probably for free.

If you can’t find one, email me and either I will find you one or help you myself.

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