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Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy) (2017)

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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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Cast

Jason Lee
as Butch Brunner
Anjul Nigam
as Bhaaskar Bhatnagar
Brighton Sharbino
as Amy Brunner
Hilarie Burton
as Nancy Brunner
Roni Akurati
as Smith Bhatnagar
Shoba Narayanan
as Asha Bhatnagar
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Critic Reviews for Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy)

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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

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…

Lee provides the kind of welcome down-to-earth good-old-boy charm he used in TV's My Name is Earl and Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous.

April 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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