Smitty (2012)





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A troubled teen spends the summer on his grandfather's Iowa farm and learns some valuable life lessons from a rescued kennel dog in this affectionate coming of age story featuring Peter Fonda and Louis Gossett, Jr. When the banks foreclose on the farm where Smitty lives, the happy-go-lucky mutt ends up in an Iowa dog shelter. Meanwhile, in the city, 13 year old Ben Barrett (Brandon Taylor Russell) has just been arrested for breaking and entering and grand theft. His mother (Mira Sorvino) at her wits end, Ben is offered the choice of spending three years in juvenile detention, or three months on his grandfather's Jack's farm in Iowa. And no-nonsense Jack (Fonda) isn't about to let his grandson off the hook. Convinced that Ben will adjust more quickly to country life with the help of a friend, Jack goes to the local pound and selects Smitty to keep an eye on his mischievous grandson. Though at first Ben resents the fact that he's suddenly saddled with the responsibility of caring for a dog, a kindly neighbor (Gossett, Jr.) helps to steer the teen down the right path while he reconnects with his family, and learns the importance of responsibility.
PG (for mild thematic material and some language)
Drama , Kids & Family
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Mira Sorvino
as Amanda
Louis Gossett Jr
as Mr. Smith
Freddie James
as Smitty
Jason London
as Russell
Lolita Davidovich
as Judge Greenstein
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Family drama with teen rebellion, heavy-handed lessons.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
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I just watched this movie tonight with my family and loved it. It is filled with positive character messages and only a single instance of inexcusable, unrebuked deception (for those who have seen the movie, it's where Mr. Smith and Ben try to fool Ben's grandfather into thinking Ben has been working all day). I heartily recommend this movie to anyone, but especially someone who is (1) struggling with bitterness, (2) hanging out with the wrong crowd, or (3) a young person living in the inner city.

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