they crown Max their king. KW, a wild thing who had temporarily left,returns to the group. Max’s adventures continues from there.First, let me say if you’re considering taking your children to thismovie, you might want to think twice. Two little boys in our localtheater who appeared to be in the 6-8 age range screamed and criedthroughout the movie.Beyond the fact that there was a lot of violence in the film, it the boy’scries might be touching something deep in the male psyche.From my view as a psychologist who specializes in men’s issues, thisis a movie that says important things about males in today’s world.Max is a boy without a father surrounded by women (his mother andhis sister). “Absent fathers” is a reality of much of contemporary life.Though we have come to accept it, much damage results whenchildren (particularly male children) are raised without fathers.David Blankenhorn, in his book
, says“Fatherlessness is the most harmful demographic trend driving our most urgent social problems, from crime to adolescent pregnancy, tochild sexual abuse to domestic violence against women.”We get a feel for this in the movie when Max’s mother is afraid of Max’s angry outbursts and can’t easily contain them. He bites her and when she responds to his anger with anger of his own, he runsoff.I see this kind of behavior a lot in the families I counsel. Anoverworked, single Mom trying her best to take care of herself andher family, just can’t handle a young male. A good father would havebeen able to empathize with Max, take constructive action and allowhis anger a constructive avenue of expression.I’m not blaming mothers here. They are doing the best they can. Wemust do a better job with keeping our fathers involved in their family.It was not long ago that fathers were an important presence in thefamily, but now they are disappearing daily.