Thursday, August 30, 2012

Now Available on DVD -- You've Got a Friend (Review)


 You've Got a Friend 

Endearing Hallmark Channel Original Film About Defeating the Odds Now On DVD From Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment
A young boy has a big dream and will not let life’s circumstances get in his way in the heart-warming film, You’ve Got A Friend arriving for the first time on DVD August 28 from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment. Starring John Schneider (“Smallville,” “Hot in Cleveland”), Dylan McLaughlin (“iCarly,” Kicking and Screaming), Chase Ellison (Tooth Fairy, Unstoppable) and Bitty Schram (“Monk,” A League of Their Own) - this story explores the true meaning of family and friendship, and shows that you should never close the door on your dreams. 
San Diego native Bobby Graham (McLaughlin) loses his parents to a car accident and is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Eagle Rock. Determined to follow in his late father’s footsteps he sets out to accomplish his dream of winning the American Soapbox Derby with the help of an unlikely friend, war veteran and town recluse, Jim Klecan (Schneider). Bobby may think that Jim is helping him to win the race, but it is really Jim who needed the help from a friend to bring him back to life. A DOVE Foundation approved film; You’ve Got a Friend DVD is available for the suggested retail price of $14.93.

Bobby Graham is a twelve-year-old boy whose personal problems haven’t gotten in the way of his dream: to win the American Soapbox Derby Championship. With the odds against him, including his school foe and main competition in the race, Bobby is determined to prove himself with a personal best and unbeatable new self-confidence.
DVD Basics:
  • Suggested Retail Price $14.93
  • Street Date August 28, 2012
  • Language: English
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Rating: NR

My Thoughts:

I vaguely remember watching this movie when it first aired on the Hallmark Channel back in 2007.  But, it was a treat watching it again, while trying to kick this head cold yesterday.  Like I said in my previous post, I am a fan of Hallmark Movies, and this movie is worth seeing for the first time or again.  Yes, the storyline is predictable, but the whole feel of the movie with have smiling, reaching for a tissue and laughing all in one sitting.  You can't help but feel for Bobby after he loses his parents and has to move in with his aunt and uncle, who are not prepared to be parents.  Not only does he get bullied in school, but his hope to create a soap box and enter it into the derby are frowned upon by his uncle.  With the help of an unexpected friend, Jim, Bobby is able to turn the plans his and he worked on, into a soap box worth racing.

This heartwarming films deals with many themes including family, friendship, perseverance, not giving up on your dreams, and hope.  Yes, it may seem like a lot to take in, but Hallmark Channel films are all like this, and leave you feeling happy. Families can sit down and watch this film, and not have to worry about inappropriate content, which I love.  So, if you are looking for a film that will appeal to all ages, and can be used as a discussion point afterwards, You've Got a Friend, is worth picking up and sharing.


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About Sonar Entertainment, Inc.
Sonar Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, producer and distributor of award-winning television series, mini-series and movies for the global television marketplace. Sonar owns rights to over 1,000 titles comprising more than 3,500 broadcast hours of programming. The company maintains strategic creative and licensing partnerships with producers and broadcasters throughout the world.

About Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, a leading producer, distributor and marketer of entertainment and lifestyle media is a  [subsidiary] of Gaiam, Inc. (Nasdaq: GAIA).  With a diversified distribution network that spans more than 60,000 retail doors as well as an extensive digital platform, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment dominates the health and fitness category and ranks among the top three providers of non-theatrical programming. With content focused on film, fitness, sports and family programming, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment provides sales, marketing and distribution services to many of the home entertainment industry's most prestigious brands, including Discovery Communications, Jillian Michaels, NFL Films, National Geographic, Marvel Animation, Shout Factory, Televisa, and World Wrestling Entertainment. For more information about Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, call 1.800.869.3603. 

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

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