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A Plumm Summer (2008)

A Plumm Summer




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A highly unlikely crime helps bring together two brothers in this nostalgic comedy drama. Rocky Plumm (Owen Pearce) is a five-year-old boy growing up in a small Montana town in the mid-'60s. In Rocky's eyes, there's no star bigger or brighter than local kid's show host Happy Herb (Henry Winkler), who appears on TV weekday afternoons with his puppet friend Froggy Doo. When the Froggy Doo puppet is stolen, Happy Herb's show goes off the air until the doll can be found, which only adds to Rocky's unease as his folks (William Baldwin and Lisa Guerrero) struggle to salvage their clearly failing marriage. Rocky's big brother, Elliott (Chris J. Kelly), isn't especially concerned about Happy Herb's problems or the forced hiatus of Rocky's favorite show, but when Haley (Morgan Flynn), a pretty girl with a yen for detective stories, moves in next door, he suggests they join forces to help find Froggy Doo. Before long, the youthful sleuths find themselves crossing paths with a pair of federal agents (Peter Scolari and Rick Overton) and a growing list of suspects as they follow the thief's trail. A Plumm Summer was the first feature film from writer and director Caroline Zelder.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements and some mild rude language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Television, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Caroline Zelder, Frank Antonelli, TJ Lynch
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 5, 2009
Freestyle Releasing - Official Site


William Baldwin
as Mick Plumm
Owen Pearce
as Rocky Plumm
Lisa Guerrero
as Roxie Plumm
Chris J. Kelly
as Elliott Plumm
Henry Winkler
as Happy Herb
Morgan Flynn
as Haley Dubois
Peter Scolari
as Agent Hardigan
Rick Overton
as Agent Brinkman
Clint Howard
as Binky the Clown
Steve Altman
as Dirty Pat
Richard Riehle
as Art Bublin
Ian Lacy
as Billy the Bully
Jeff Daniels
as Narrator
Chris Kelly
as Elliot Plumm
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Critic Reviews for A Plumm Summer

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

This family film is willing to tackle important issues such as burgeoning sexuality, alcoholism and a troubled home life but does so in a bland and unconvincing story.

May 15, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

This might be palatable if it weren't also fraught with leaden direction and horrible acting -- it's a painful thing when William Baldwin's the best actor you've got.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

First-time director Caroline Zelder brings warmth and restraint to this tale of Montana child detectives on the case of a beloved frog puppet that, to the devastation of its over-invested owner-operator (Henry Winkler), goes missing.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Feels like an homage to a bygone era of moviemaking.

Full Review… | February 20, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

While ninety percent of the film is good for the family, there is ten percent that I will caution parents on.

Full Review… | August 16, 2009
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for A Plumm Summer


Glad Caroline stuck to her guns and didn't edit out the scenes that didn't fit squarely into the "silly kids film" genre. Oh, and Henry, you can sit in my chair any time.

Troy D

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