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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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Frank Lotito
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Lee ... Butch Brunner
Anjul Nigam ... Bhaaskar Bhatnagar
Brighton Sharbino ... Amy Brunner
Hilarie Burton ... Nancy Brunner
Roni Akurati ... Smith Bhatnagar
Poorna Jagannathan ... Nalini Bhatnagar
Samrat Chakrabarti ... Older Smith Bhatnagar
Shoba Narayan ... Asha Bhatnagar
Jake Busey ... Officer Dick
Tim Guinee ... Officer Bob
Alison Wright ... Mrs. Reynolds
Austin Harrod Austin Harrod ... Billy MacNamara
James Hyland James Hyland ... Stan Swanson
Jack Hyland Jack Hyland ... Steve Swanson
Paul Castro Jr. ... Patrick
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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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Living the American Dream See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Growing Up Smith See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,867, 3 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,867, 3 February 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The movie was based in the years 1977-1980 judging by Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, etc. In those days US$1 was approximately 8-9 Indian Rupees. So in the beginning when they said $2 was 125 Rupees, that is based on currency rates of 2015 on wards. See more »

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References Happy Days (1974) See more »

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The most fun family-friendly ride of the year.
24 January 2017 | by kylemahaneySee all my reviews

Despite some incredible films made last year, Growing Up Smith remains one of the most fun films I saw a screening of. It's lighthearted, family-friendly, and just a great ride that puts a smile on your face throughout. It's smart and doesn't pander to its audience. It's been a long time since I've seen a coming of age comedy that hits all the right notes so fluently, it's heartfelt and intelligent. The music cuts fit the film really well, and the pop culture awareness for its period is spot on without feeling contrived. The child actors are particularly good, complimenting Jason Lee and Anjul Nigam well. A must see when it releases in theaters next month.


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