With tensions running high between Jack & Fog over plans to drill on his land that abuts the wilderness preserve, Fog announces to the whole town that he isn't drilling for oil - but is ... See full summary »
With tensions running high between Jack & Fog over plans to drill on his land that abuts the wilderness preserve, Fog announces to the whole town that he isn't drilling for oil - but is opening a natural spring water business. Jack doesn't believe him & the night of the big annoucement he is jailed, suspected of sabotaging Fog's well. But Ben & Mark soon uncover a secret that Fog's business partners aren't telling him about. In fact this new venture turns out to be more than Fog could have bargined for. It is a race to prove Jack's innocence & uncover the truth before Mark is taken back to the city to live in a foster home. Written by
Gentle Ben, his new best friend Mark, his friend Ashley, Mark's uncle Jack the Forest Ranger, Ranger Pete, Ashley's dad, Dakota at the store, and the friendly mountain man... they're all back. This movie seems to pick up not very long after the last one left off. Same cast of characters essentially plus one new one and a whole new sticky situation Ashley's dad is getting into. That poor man, he musta come from the city years ago and all he has on his mind is somehow makin' a buck... not that there's anything wrong with that except he's a little too overambitious. Low and behold Mark and Ashley stumble upon what Fog Benson's up to and try to fix the situation. Do they? Oh boy, if you can't figure that one out... of course they do! This movie is quite predictable but focuses more on one main plot than the last movie did which is certainly a good thing. Still a movie that's not really for adults nor really for kids, again stuck inbetween. Overall I thought it was better than the first one. Again a standout performance by the bear and also by the guy who played the Indian forest ranger, Pete - unknown actor Gil Birmingham was absolutely excellent for the second time in a row! If Animal Planet made a third Gentle Ben on this level or better I wouldn't complain. My grade for Gentle Ben 2 is a firm B, an enjoyable little Made-for-TV movie set in an area of America so beautiful you just might wanna pack up, move there and find yourself a bear to pal around with just like Mark and Ben.
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