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Thirteen year-old city brat Ben (Brandon Tyler Russell) has done it again... and his struggling, single mother (Mira Sorvino) has had enough of him getting into mischief. Now, Ben has to choose between going down the path of Juvi hall or spending the summer in Iowa on a farm with his estranged grandfather, Jack (Peter Fonda). The day after arriving, Ben is ready to leave. To help Ben get a friend, Jack gets him a smart farm dog from an animal shelter to keep Ben company and in line. Between the dog and a friendly neighbor (Louis Gossett, Jr.), Ben soon learns life lessons about friendship, family and responsibility. It may take a village to raise a child, but when you only have a handful of people and a dog at your side, you have to make do with what you have. Through it all, Ben has the most memorable summer of his life. Written by
Looking at the cast, I had high hopes for this film, but after watching it -- I was sorely disappointed. The story had potential, the cast was solid, but I think the director may want to consider a new career. The timing for emotional tension and release was totally missing - that is all the director.
Trying to build up antagonistic elements in this film was another weak point, which falls on the writer. Truth be told I disliked our protagonist a lot more than the villains in this film.
I would've loved to sit in on the meeting that saw this film funded, because obviously they saw something that wasn't present for the final cut.
I hope the young star's career isn't affected by the poor directing in this film.
Watch at your own risk (of dozing off).
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