13-year-old boy has problems reading, which his teachers attribute to laziness. It is later discovered that he has Dyslexia.

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Brian Ellsworth
Judy Farrell ...
Barbara Ellsworth
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Robby Ellsworth (as Leaf Phoenix)
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Sharon Anderson
Charles Theodore Bates III
Daniel Davies
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Walter Ellsworth
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(as Shirley Venard-Diercks)
Jack Walsh
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13-year-old boy has problems reading, which his teachers attribute to laziness. It is later discovered that he has Dyslexia.

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7 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Um...just what you would think.
31 May 2003 | by (Northbrook, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

This TV special had good intentions but it was stifled by the usual superficiality of this type of thing. Even the relaxed and relatively natural acting of River and his little bro Joaquin couldn't save it.

The film pretty much acts as if the kid's dyslexia problem developed overnight. He must've had the most clueless mom and teachers in the world if they never noticed anything seriously wrong before he reached junior high! You would think that the fact that his dad was dyslexic would've made the parents more savvy about the problem...but I guess not. The only things I learned from this TV movie were that dyslexic people have a poor sense of balance and they can't run in a straight line. Interesting.

Another major problem I encountered was that the kids and the teachers virtually never talked like their counterparts here in the "real world" would. It detracted from the message that was trying to be told.

Only recommended to those who are interested in seeing River and "Leaf" early in their careers. 3/10


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