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Growing Up Smith (2015)

Good Ol' Boy (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 3 February 2017 (USA)
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In 1979, an Indian family moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a "good old boy" propels him further away from his family's ideals than ever before.

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GOOD OL' BOY is the story of Smith, a ten-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979. While the boy's family straddles the fine line between embracing the American Dream and preserving their Indian heritage, there are barbecues, Halloween and hunting. And as Smith falls for Amy, the girl-next-door, he finds in Amy's father Butch the cowboy he wishes his own father could be. But alas, when Smith's father Bhaaskar sees Smith is quickly losing any hope of remaining a respectable Indian boy, he banishes him back to India. Nineteen years later Smith will return to America, back to a place he once called home. Written by AN

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG-13 for some language and brief drug use
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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,867 (USA) (3 February 2017)

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$14,867 (USA) (3 February 2017)
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The red mustang in the garage was supposed to be an extra. Upon seeing the car Jones wanted it to appear to be his own car and had it parked in the garage. See more »

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Smith's mother says that he can have his Halloween costume after dinner as a Diwali present. The movie claims Diwali and Halloween were on the same day in 1979. Halloween is on October 31st, whereas Diwali was on October 20th in 1979. See more »

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Clever. Witty. Heartfelt.
1 February 2017 | by (Kansas City, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Just saw this film and had to say something! THESE are the kinds of films we've been missing all these years. Growing up Smith is the perfect combination of a family-kid friendly film with some teeth to it. Lighthearted with a message, funny, exuberant and most timely in today's America.

This film won't preach to you and I can't put my finger on just one thing in particular, but it left me feeling euphoric walking out. Nostalgia, memories and emotions flowed through me. It hearkens back to a time where we were all innocent. As kids emulating our parents and yearning to break out.

The performances are just as impressive. Jason Lee appears in a role I've never seen him play, and plays it to perfection: The beer drinking role model... Hilarie Burton and Poorna Jagannathan play characters who couldn't be more opposite, yet are equally as endearing. Anjul Nigam was terrific and relentless. At times I felt as though he was the film's hero and others it's villain. Lastly, the kids stole the show. Brighton Sharbino and Roni Akurati were delightful. They had tremendous rapport with one another and delivered as authentic performances as I have seen kids deliver in a film!

If you want to have fun, if you want to laugh, if you want tears in your eyes and if you want to remember the good old days, THIS is the film to see! Very impressed, Bravo!


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