Mom and dad send their two angsty sons to their granddad in the countryside. There, one of them discovers Mel, an incredibly large turtle. In the meantime, the grandfather is having trouble with the land developers who want his property.
A family oriented story revolving around Brent Butler (Gemini Barnett), a wiser-than-his years youngster. A modern day Tom Sawyer. The majority of the story takes place at a boys and girls camp owned and operated by Travers (Lee Majors), who has spent a lifetime of quietly helping adolescents become confident young adults. In addition to the full gamut of camp activities, adventures, practical jokes, and conflict resolution there is the underling theme that bolsters the importance of a positive father-son relationship.Written by
A Collision of Genres - Teen Movies & Kid Movies Don't Mix
8-year-old Brent (Gemini Barnett) is sent off, for the first time, to the summer camp where his big brother, 16-year old Brooke (Scott Clifton), is a Counsellor. Brooke is at the age where girls are very important, but Brent is just a precociously confident, fun-loving boy who is also a master of the yo-yo. Both brothers are troubled by the same bullying Counsellor, Mike (Shane Van Dyke), and young Brent revels in getting the better of him. The film also stars Lee Majors in a laid-back role as the summer camp's owner / manager, Bug Hall appears as a Counsellor, and David Henrie (think Selena Gomez's older brother, Justin, in the TV series "Wizards Of Waverly Place") plays a bullying kid who calls himself "Bad" (an early victim is his own real-life younger brother, Lorenzo Henrie, playing Jerry). The uneven nature of the movie explains why it didn't get proper big-screen distribution in the USA, where it ended up as a DVD release (in the dreaded "standard screen" format) over two years after being made.
Apart from a minor thread about father-son bonding, the story is roughly split between focussing on big brother Brooke's problems dealing with the bullying Mike while competing for the same girl, Donna (Michelle Holgate), and also focussing on the mischievous, cocksure younger brother Brent protecting other kids his age and standing up to bullying from whatever direction. There lies the fault of the film, by trying to be both a teen and a kid's movie, it simply doesn't work, at least in one direction as kids will get bored during the extended, slower-paced "teen" segments. There are some good fun moments and maybe it qualifies as a family movie, overall it is good-natured enough, but don't be surprised if the youngsters get restless in places. Incidentally, Gemini Barnett was probably 13 at the time of filming, and certainly doesn't convince as an 8-year-old, although otherwise his performance is one of the stronger features of the production.
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