Good Ol' Boy

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In 1970s suburban America, all 10-year-old Smith (Roni Akurati) wants to do is watch "Happy Days," play with his "Star Wars" figurines, and hang out with the girl-next-door. But things are not that easy when he has to deal with his overbearing father (Anjul Nigam) pushing his Indian heritage on him every second of every day.

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  • 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.

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

    February 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.

    February 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.

    February 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 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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