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Smitty (2012)

PG | | Drama, Family | 22 July 2015 (Brazil)
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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 ... See full summary »

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David Mickey Evans
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Tyler Russell ... Ben
Freddie James Freddie James ... Smitty
Peter Fonda ... Jack
Mira Sorvino ... Amanda
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Mr. Smith
Jason London ... Russell
Lolita Davidovich ... Judge Greenstein
Booboo Stewart ... Peebo
Gabrielle Bui Gabrielle Bui ... Tia
Tory Weisz Tory Weisz ... Carl
Makeba Pace ... Yvonne
Daisy Hamilton ... Stevie
Stacey McGillis Stacey McGillis ... Officer Brown (as Stacy McGillis)
Anthony Gregorio Anthony Gregorio ... Red Truck Driver
Daryl A. Thomas Daryl A. Thomas ... Counselor
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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 juvenile 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 Dan

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for mild thematic material and some language | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

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22 July 2015 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Mein Freund Smitty - Ein Sommer voller Abenteuer See more »

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Dallas Center, Iowa, USA See more »

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TriCoast Worldwide See more »
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Da Zydeco Zombie
Written by Phil Marshall
Performed by The Mersh Bros. Band
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So much potential
1 October 2014 | by irishstickSee all my reviews

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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