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The Mystical Adventures of Billy Owens (2008)

PG | | Fantasy | Video 15 December 2008
Billy Owens is turning 11. Turns out this little rapscallion was born on the 11th day of the 11th month, at 11pm no less, so it ventures to reason he has some powers of the magical variety.... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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William Thurgood
Dalton Mugridge ...
Billy Owens
Christopher Fazio ...
Devon Turner
Ciara O'Hanlon ...
Mandy Finch
Jordon Goulet ...
Kurt Nemees
Paul Germs ...
Victor Mould
Jennifer Pearson ...
Katherine Owens
Bob Mugridge ...
William Owens
Jenny Elliott ...
Principal Gwendolyn Cups
Phil Babcock ...
Library Security Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Barnes ...
Fireman #5
Shannon Burrows ...
Press Reporter
Joe Emilio ...
Paramedic #2
Les Forernie ...
Fireman #1
Kelly Hagen ...
Coach
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Billy Owens is turning 11. Turns out this little rapscallion was born on the 11th day of the 11th month, at 11pm no less, so it ventures to reason he has some powers of the magical variety. Of course, he and his friends, a precocious know-it-all named Mandy, and his other pal, the not too bright Devon, will all go on some kind of mystical adventure. You see Billy Owens lives in one of the oldest towns in the East Coast, Spirit River. Billy, on his eleventh birthday, is about to discover an unusual item up for sale in a local second-hand shop, one that's likely going to save both himself and the entire town of Spirit River. Billy, in case you hadn't already figured it out from the opening paragraph, is going to discover that he's a boy wizard. Written by John W. Urbanski Jr.

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Fantasy

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Rated PG for some scary moments | See all certifications »
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The screenwriter wrote this movie with different characters and based off of Norse magical traditions. It was changed beyond recognition from it's original premise. See more »

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Billy Owens: I can't even protect myself from Kurt Nemees. How am I supposed to find a treasure with half a map and a bicycle?
Mandy Finch: A hero is properly defined as somebody who does something dangerous to help somebody else.
Devon Turner: Great. Where do I sign up?
Mandy Finch: I mean, that it doesn't matter if you succeed, only that you try.
William Thurgood: Billy, you can be very powerful with some lessons and some help from your friends. There is nothing you can't do.
Billy Owens: So, where do we start?
William Thurgood: I believe it would be prudent if we start at the beginning.
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Terrible, but at least a little bit cute
4 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You like magic? Imagine a bored parent who writes a school play and then decides to film it with random people in their neighborhood reciting a few lines, followed by cheap effects they threw in on their PC at home. That's about the level of magic here.

When I looked this "movie" up, I was astonished to see that there is a sequel. However, considering that it appeared to have been made for free, then they shouldn't have had a hard time coming up with the money for another one. What's equally disturbing is the fact that it took no less than THREE people to write this, and yet another to work on the "screenplay".

Rowdy Roddy Piper, if you can believe it, completely outshines the rest of the cast. You can't really blame unpolished child actors for not being very good, but with any level of decent input from a director or an acting coach (even a grade-school theater teacher) you would have gotten better performances. Since everyone else seemed to just walk in and read a couple of lines, we can't assume they wanted any level of "performance".

As other reviewers pointed out, everything else about it was equally amateurish. The camera work, effects, costumes...probably all provided by the people in the movie, who hopefully didn't get paid for much of anything other than residuals from DVD rentals. As the end credits rolled, I saw that a number of the extras had the last name "Gregg." For his sake, I hope that they aren't related to Clark Gregg, the hilariously dark genius involved in Choke and Avengers, because that would be pretty embarrassing.

Still, the kids were cute, if not good actors, and I disagree with others about letting kids watch it - if they're really young, like mine, it will still entertain them, mostly because they haven't learned how to differentiate this from anything good. I'm giving this 3 stars because Roddy and the hot mom gave fairly decent performances, and the kids did better than the rest of the adults, especially with the obvious lack of any kind of training or direction. Hopefully, if they attempt any sort of careers in the performing arts, they will look back on this movie and see the need for a bit of training (any amount would be better than none) before forging ahead.


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