Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy)

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When an Indian family moves to America in 1979 with the hope of living the American Dream, their 10-year-old-son, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door. With an American Dream of his own, Smith strives to become a "good ol' boy," propelling him and his family further away from their traditional ideals than ever before. GROWING UP SMITH is a heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about an irrepressibly-like-able 10-year-old boy from India who may possibly lose it all--including the love of his life--when his obsession for living the American Dream unexpectedly takes a wrong turn.

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Critic Reviews for Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

  • A strained cross between broad, culture-clash comedy and wistful coming-of-age tale, "Growing Up Smith" is a well-intentioned fizzle that misses what should have been an easily reachable mark.

    Feb 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A crowd-friendly immigrant's tale painted with a thick coat of '70s nostalgia.

    Feb 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The film has accidental topicality now with the debate over immigration swirling, but you don't need to burden it with politics to be touched by its tale of a child who is pulled by two very different cultural worlds.

    Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The film feels like an extended episode of The Wonder Years, if that '60s-set series had served a little chicken tikka masala and cross-cultural understanding with its white bread and pop hits.

    Feb 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5
  • Flawed but not without its merits, including heart, humor and a look at the complex immigrant experience that hides a painful depth beneath its amusing surface. The film sneaks up on you with a family drama that is surprisingly unsparing.

    Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The joys and pains of childhood are familiar across all cultures -- and, as the cloying comedy Growing Up Smith demonstrates, hackneyed variations on The Wonder Years also are universal.

    May 4, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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