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Savannah Smiles

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Slapstick adventure sweet, but treats running away lightly.

Movie PG 1982 105 minutes
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age 7+

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age 7+

best movie!

this is my all time favorite movie ever. Savannah Smiles is a movie i remember watching as a kid. i remember loving it then and i still own a copy because it's such a good film. for the most part, it's clean. mild language - at most (maybe damn - once). nothing worse than that though. no sex, nudity, blood, etc. some younger kids may be a little saddened by some parts - particularly the end. but they did a nice job of making anything that might appear "scary" into funny instead - slapstick. it is worth saying that the main character is a little girl who runs away and returns unharmed - possibly happier. that isn't the best message to children and when i show it to my kids, i plan to have a talk with them about how unrealistic that is. it's worth a watch. this movie is absolutely charming and a great family film! BTW - the main actress is no longer alive. sadly, she passed away at a young age.

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It's hard to believe that a film about a little girl running away from home and falling in with two felons could be both wacky and heartwarming, but this one succeeds. Many consider SAVANNAH SMILES to be a classic film of the early 1980s. While it's arguable whether or not the film has stood the test of time, or whether 21st century kids will appreciate a film loved by parents when they were kids, Savannah Smiles is, at its core, a sweet film about how the love of innocent children is more powerful than greed or ambition.

The plot isn't exactly the most original or unpredictable; the characters aren't the deepest; the action not the most realistic; but despite this, Savannah Smiles holds period charm for nostalgic adults, and these adults might just convince their kids to give it a shot. (And they might want to have a conversation about the perils of running away while they're at it.)

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