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A Plumm Summer (2008)

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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.

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Cast

William Baldwin
as Mick Plumm
Owen Pearce
as Rocky Plumm
Lisa Guerrero
as Roxie Plumm
Chris Kelly
as Elliot 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, "The Narrator"
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Critic Reviews for A Plumm Summer

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

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
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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.

April 25, 2008 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

April 24, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Feels like an homage to a bygone era of moviemaking.

February 20, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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

August 16, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
7M Pictures

Film crumbles when the oppressive frowns are released, turning an amiable diversion into a chore to finish, due in great part to the sheer weight of the distress. The movie never fully recovers from the sour detour.

May 29, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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