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My Friend Max (2017)

After the loss of her father, young Thea has lived a secluded life without any friends, except for one. Her imaginary friend, Max, is a cause for concern for Thea's mother, who drastically ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Doug Jones ... Max Mastin
Kaylynn Burgin Kaylynn Burgin ... Thea Connors
Madison R. Wells Madison R. Wells ... Kathleen Connors
Cooper Pierce Cooper Pierce ... Billy
Jim Von Dolteren Jim Von Dolteren ... Dr. Stevens
Lou Bolster ... Prison Guard
Deidra Mohr Deidra Mohr ... Receptionist
Gary Martin Gary Martin ... Doctor
Braden Rood Braden Rood ... Mother
Jasper Rood Jasper Rood ... Son
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After the loss of her father, young Thea has lived a secluded life without any friends, except for one. Her imaginary friend, Max, is a cause for concern for Thea's mother, who drastically intervenes with Thea's solitary social life. As a result, Max finds himself competing for Thea's attention, and his own existence. Written by Okapi Pictures

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2 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA

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Sweet, heartfelt story of letting go.
23 February 2017 | by imfilmbuffSee all my reviews

The imaginary friend is an old idea from "Harvey" and even earlier, but "My Friend Max" manages a sweet and interesting take. It helps that the friend is played by the always enjoyable Doug Jones and that Kaylynn Burgin is equally terrific as the young girl, Thea, who keeps him around. The reason behind the relationship and the arc of the story aren't earth-shattering, but little touches keep things intriguing. The use of close-ups, for example, are quite nice: a phone fills the screen, demanding social connection from Thea; her agitation is made clear in a later scene as we stare at her fidgeting hands. The score is appropriately lilting and the supporting roles are all well-played. Some scenes end abruptly and a few things are left unanswered, but these are mere quibbles. In the end, "My Friend Max" is a worthwhile, heartfelt tale of growing up and letting go.


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