Parents' Guide to

Smitty

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Family drama with teen rebellion, heavy-handed lessons.

Movie PG 2012 94 minutes
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

SMITTY It's NOT just another kids' "corny dog"movie.

Starting off, it's got Peter Fonda, Loui Gossett Jr. and Mira Sorvino in it. The cast and plot are definitely worthwhile. Nobody's performance disappoints.

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SMITTY is engaging enough; its intergenerational conflict, old-fashioned lessons, and basic plot will sound a lot like the terrific On Golden Pond. Both feature a single mom with a wayward teen who gets straightened out by a grumpy old Fonda who really cares, deep down underneath all that crotchety blowhardiness. It also has all the same sentimentality, but falls considerably short on the comic relief. Unfortunately, that lack of comic relief means the movie's first half feels like an all-too joyless distillation of every thing every old person ever told you growing up about how to act right.

Luckily, it warms up a little on the way out as the characters, and the film, find its way. Kids will enjoy the relationship Ben has with the smart, loyal farm dog, and everyone within earshot will be relieved to see Ben learn, at last, how to say "thanks" and "please" without scowling. Added bonus: Adults of a certain age may also enjoy seeing Peter Fonda nowhere near a motorcycle.

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