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The Problem with Percival (2006)

Persnickety nine-year-old Percival Strum misdirects mourning the loss of his older brother into constant conflict with his trying-to-be-helpful grandmother. With his parents away, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kristopher Barnett Kristopher Barnett ... Percival Strum
Tom Beyer ... New Dad
David Boller ... Dad
Anne Gee Byrd ... Gramma
Janice Davies Janice Davies ... Cheating Auditioning Gramma
Dena Drotar Dena Drotar ... Dream Gramma 7
Stephen Ford ... Kyle Strum (as Stephen Lunsford)
John Dennis Johnston ... Coach / Minister of Family Replacement
Kyle Johnston ... Mailman
Diana Elizabeth Jordan ... Dream Gramma 6
Taegu Andy Kang Taegu Andy Kang ... Asian boy
Meredith Kibbee Meredith Kibbee ... 2nd Auditioning Gramma
Pat Lach Pat Lach ... 'Too Scaly' - Auditioning Gramma
Sheryl Mary Lewis Sheryl Mary Lewis ... Dream Gramma 1
Alec G. Lopez Alec G. Lopez ... Red-headed boy
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Persnickety nine-year-old Percival Strum misdirects mourning the loss of his older brother into constant conflict with his trying-to-be-helpful grandmother. With his parents away, Percival's frustrations lead him to hold auditions for and to hire a replacement 'Gramma'. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$49,000 (estimated)
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Catalyst Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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cute short film!!
12 September 2006 | by sedarisfanSee all my reviews

I saw this at a film festival in Los Angeles. It is very cute, clever, and heartfelt. Good acting, and directing. I especially liked the little girl who plays "Sarah" the best friend. She is adorable, underplayed and hilarious.

The film is about a boy who has to stay with his Gramma while his parents are out of town. She falls short of his expectations of what a good Grandmother should be--she smokes, doesn't cut his sandwiches properly and isn't very Grandma-like. During the film he types letters to his brother who is away about his discontent. While discussing his problem with his best friend Sarah during Gym class, he comes up with the idea to hold auditions for a new Grandma. When his real Gramma finds out she has been replaced she conspires with Sarah to convince Percival to open up to her. This is a lovely short film about dealing with loss and connecting with your family.


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