Monday, January 7, 2013

Little Red Wagon -- A Must See Movie to Start 2013 -- Truly Inspiring (Review and Giveaway)

Little Red Wagon Poster
GENRE: Family, Inspirational
CAST: Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad," Red State), Chandler Canterbury (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, "Criminal Minds"), Frances O'Connor (The Hunter, "Ice")
DIRECTOR: David Anspaugh
PRODUCER: Michael Guillen
WRITER: Patrick Sheane Duncan
SYNOPSIS: "Little Red Wagon is based on the inspirational true story of eight year old Zach Bonner on his quest to change the world with nothing more than his beat-up red wagon and a blazing spirit of philanthropy. When Zach sets out to help homeless children in America in the wake of Hurricane Charley, by walking from his house in Tampa, Florida to the White House, he must overcome bureaucrats and blisters and capture the hearts of his fractured family and the entire nation."


My Thoughts:

My husband and I were looking for a movie to watch for family movie night.  Usually we watch one of the girls' Disney movies, and then when they go to bed, we will watch another family movie to wind down from a crazy day.  Luckily, earlier in the day I received a screener copy of Little Red Wagon.  At first I forgot what it was about, but as soon as the movie began I remembered the movie, and told my husband that this was the perfect inspirational movie to start the year off with -- and, it was! :-)
Little Red Wagon is about an eight year old boy, named Zach Bonner (played by Chandler Canterbury), who lives in Tampa, FL with her mom (played by Anna Gunn), and 16-year old sister, Kelley (played by Daveigh Chase).  In 2004, the Florida Coast got hit by Hurricane Charley, leaving many families homeless, as a result of the storm.  When Zach saw the newscast about the damage and those who lost everything and were now homeless, he wanted to do something to help.  He thought he would be able to collect enough water, clothing, food and other supplies, and began traveling around his neighborhood and surrounding area transporting these much needed supplies in his little red wagon.  I liked the scene in the movie where is mom pulled into the driveway and saw his wagon full of water and supplies.  Then, he told her that this wasn't all of it, and then opened the garage door.  The entire garage floor was filled with supplies he had gathered and that were given to him.  It was truly an inspiring moment to see how one little boy's desire to help those in need produced a garage full of supplies.  As I watched this movie, I couldn't help but think about the recent Hurricane Sandy, which hit NJ and NY and left many people homeless (even to this day as they are waiting for Hurricane Relief Funds).  I wondered if there were other children or families who thought about helping in the capacity like Zach Bonner did, to help gather up must needed supplies to give to those without?  

As the movie progressed, we saw how Zach's initial desire to help those affected by Hurricane Charley, resulted in him founded the Little Red Wagon Foundation.  Zach is one of the youngest to create a non-profit, which in itself is truly remarkable.  The Little Red Wagon Foundation create “Zach Packs" -- backpacks filled with life’s bare essentials – plus a toy, to show homeless kids that someone cares about them.  In addition to gathering up supplies for Hurricane Charlie victims,  Zach also decides he will walk from Tampa to Tallahassee, to bring help, hope and shed light on the increasing number of homeless youth in America.  Will he fulfill this goal?  And, will his family stand behind him and his efforts?  You will have to pick up this movie and watch for yourself. :-)  And, when you are done watching it with your family, you will inspired to want to help those in need by donating money or supplies, volunteering, etc.  So, instead of choosing to lose weight, save for trip, etc. as your New Year's resolution, why not choose to help those in need?  Zach's story will definitely inspire you to want to do great things. :-)


Two (2) lucky readers will win a DVD copy of Little Red Wagon to watch with their family.  To enter this giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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