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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.
Writer: Michael Baumgarten
Director: David M. Evans
Producer: Ami Artzi
Runtime: 90 min.
"Smitty" is a movie about values, change and the realization of the truly important things in life. We see these lessons lived out in the lives of Ben, his mother and grandfather. As the three of them come to learn who the others really are, they experience the necessity of family and friendship.
Ben has moved around a lot in his early life and when he comes to live with his mother in a new town, he falls in with the wrong crowd and is caught vandalizing a restaurant. The judge sentences him to 3 months living with his grandfather who he doesn't know hoping that a strong father figure will help Ben to learn some valuable lessons about responsibility and respect. All this he does with the help of a pet he not so affectionately calls "dog." Ben learns the lessons of working for what you want and responsibility. A good lesson for us all to take away is to finish what you start. Dove is pleased to award this film our "Family-Approved" Seal.
Sex: Man/woman kiss
Language: "Sucks"-6; "Jackass"-1
Violence: Boys push another boy; Boys vandalize restaurant and steal money; Boys use dynamite to fish; Boys rob antique store and money from another boy; Boys push boy and girl; Dog is hit by truck but survives.