Thursday, March 22, 2012

DVD Review: Smitty, Starring Peter Fonda, Mira Sorvino, and Louis Gossett, Jr.



Peter Fonda, Mira Sorvino, and Louis Gossett, Jr. head an all-star cast in this coming-of-age family movie. Smitty tells the story of 13-year-old Ben Barrett (Brandon Tyler Russell), whose mischievous antics have become more than his struggling single mom (Sorvino) can handle. After Ben is caught vandalizing a restaurant, he is sent to Iowa to spend the summer on a farm with his tough grandfather, Jack (Fonda), who may be able to curb his grandson's troublemaking tendencies. As soon as Ben arrives, however, he gets ready to run, sensing hard work that definitely was not part of his summer plans.

To give Ben a companion, Jack takes him to the local animal shelter, where Ben meets Smitty, a lovable mutt that was left behind by his owners. Between the dog and a friendly neighbor (Gossett, Jr.), Ben soon learns life lessons about friendship, family, and responsibility.

My Thoughts:

I have been a huge fan of Louis Gossett, Jr., and have missed seeing him in movies.  So, when I received a copy of this DVD, and saw he was in it, I couldn't wait to watch it.  Louis Gossett Jr., along with Peter Fonda and Mira Sorvino delivered a stellar performance, in this heartwarming tale about friendship, family and responsibility, as well as the bond a boy has with a dog.  If you follow my blog, then you know that I am a dog lover, and have 3 rescue dogs of my own.  Smitty is a gorgeous dog, and one that any child would love to have companionship with.  So, when Ben meets this mutt, a connection is formed, and through the remainder of the film, Ben begins to change his ways.  

This is a great movie to watch with the entire family, and definitely one I will be watching again soon.  If you loved The Sandlot, First Kid and the Beethoven movies, then you will love this new film from director, David M. Evans.  It offers family entertainment, while sharing wonderful family values.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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