Thanks to Phase 4 Films, I was sent a DVD called Smitty to review here on At Home Moma.
The movie, which is a Dove Family-Approved film, stars Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Mimic), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, 3:10 to Yuma, Ghost Rider), Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Why Did I Get Married Too?), Jason London (Dazed and Confused, Out Cold).
As mentioned in the title of the post, this story is about forgiveness and a boy learning to care for others. It follows thirteen year old Ben as he gets himself into trouble and finds himself being sent off to his grandfather’s farm to get scared straight. While there he adopts a no named dog and also becomes friends with a local merchant in town called Smitty. Through these friendships, he learns to take on responsibility for not only himself, but for others.
Watch the following trailer:
My kids and I watched this movie together and we all liked it. It is a lesson learning film, and I really think my 6 year son took away the importance of not getting into trouble (such as hanging out with the wrong crowd), and how you should fulfill you obligations. There are a few scenes in the movie that might require some explaining to younger children, such as when kids vandalize a property, one of the main characters passes away, and the dog gets hurt. However, even my 3 year old was able to grasp many of the concepts, and I think that as long as an adult is present, it would be appropriate for all ages.
This movie was released April 10, 2012, is PG, and retails for $29.99. It will be available, if not already, on demand and runs for 94 minutes. To learn more about the film visit Phase4Films, Smitty.
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At Home Moma did not receive compensation for this post but was provided a DVD for review and information from Phase 4 Films. The opinions expressed in this post are that of my own.