I just love finding good family films. Movies that we can watch as a family that my husband and I enjoy, but that is also appropriate and entertaining for the kids. I was very happy when the people at Phase 4 Films sent us the movie Smitty to review.
The exceptional cast includes 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).
Ben (Brandon Tyler Russell) is a mischievous preteen who gets into trouble one too many times. His single mother (Mira Sorvino) has reached her limit and sends him to his grandfather, Jack (Peter Fonda), in Iowa during his summer break. Ben is out of his element with his new farm life and seeing this, Jack rescues a dog from the animal shelter. He hopes that the dog will serve as a pleasant distraction and also to help keep him in line a bit. With his new canine buddy and a friendly neighbor (Louis Gossett, Jr.), Ben is able to learn good lessons about the meaning of family and friendship.
Smitty had a wonderful message of learning responsibility and respecting values. It also shows a love between human and animal and how this attachment can allow people to grow. The movie left us feeling good and made our whole family want to snuggle our furry family member just a bit longer!
Smitty is available on DVD for a suggested retail of $29.99 US.
Disclaimer: I receibed a copy of Smitty on dvd from Phase 4 Films to facilitate my review. All opinions are honest and my own.