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Don Coscarelli has a knack for seeing the world through the eyes and heart of a young boy. He offers a Peter Pan-esque adventure to men from the boomers to present day, with each generation being introduced to a more innocent time.
Several days in the life of Kenny, a typical 12-year-old, and his friends. Kenny goes through all the activities that most of us went through as kids as he and his friends prepare for Halloween. Along the way, Kenny deals with such childhood issues as bullies and his first crush on a girl. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
Kenny & Company was very popular in Japan. A year after finishing the movie, Don Coscarelli took Michael Baldwin, Dan McCann, and Jeff Roth on a tour of Japan where they were met by throngs of teenagers. After the release of Phantasm, Don Coscarelli returned to Japan, and found Michael Baldwin's name on a list of best actors. Coscarelli noted that Baldwin was number seven on the list, ahead of Sylvester Stallone. See more »
Wonderful kids movie that was lost and now finally found
Few movies about childhood truly capture it. If the film is made by people who are just in it for the money then it will likely lack the spirit of what it's like being a kid. Like in the 1990s with all those movies involving kids in sports. Some like 'The Sandlot' were obviously made from the heart, while others like the 'Mighty Ducks' sequels seemed to be just made to capitalize on the first film's success. There's also a lot of great ones that feel through the cracks, but eventually did find an audience. Before scaring us with the first 'Phantasm' film, Don Coscarelli cooked up a little known picture about being a kid in 1970s suburbia. Made on a very modest budget, the film has real heart and soul in it and now can be seen by those looking for a worthwhile kids film that might remind them of the good times they had as kids.
Pros: Excellent performances by both the child and adult actors. Great score that'll stick in your mind after the film is over. Nicely photographed. Lots of humorous situations. Moves at a brisk pace. Fantastic script by director Coscarelli. Made with a real sense of fun. Many great sequences, big and small, that'll stay with you.
Cons: Some aspects haven't aged well. Something could have been a bit more fleshed out.
Final thoughts: It's always nice to be reminded of the good times from your childhood. And though this film was made years before mine, it features things that still reminded me of my childhood years. A really nice movie that'll put a smile on your face and make you laugh now and again.
My rating: 4/5
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