Smitty DVD Review


Released on DVD- April 10th, 2012
Academy Award nominee Peter Fonda, Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr., Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, and Jason London star in Smitty, a heartfelt tale for the entire family,

Mischievousness thirteen-year-old Ben is sent to his grandfather’s farm for the summer, where he crosses paths with a lovable mutt.  With help from the unlikely canine companion, Ben learns the importance of friendship, family and responsibility.  When life gets tough for Ben, a friendly paw is all it takes to pull him through.

My eldest son (age 7 1/2) and I cuddled together one evening to watch this story.  It was the end of the week and we were both tired from the week’s activities.  With such great actors in the movie I was curious to see the story.   And I knew with the central plot of the movie regarding a boy and his dog it was sure to be a hit with my son.

It is fairly obvious what is going to happen throughout the story even from the very beginning, but I guess the story isn’t meant to be a mystery:)  Of course my seven year old had no idea what was in store.  My son gets really involved in a movie.  Essentially whatever is happening to the main character is also happening to him.  Needless to say he was angry when bullies set up Ben to get into trouble and was a little relieved when he went to live with his grandfather.  But as the story progressed and more drama comes along, my son was in tears.   I don’t want to give away the story, but obviously a movie like this is meant to pull at your heartstrings, and that is exactly what happened for my son.  Seriously, he was crying like a teenage girl.  I know he was tired and this played a part in his emotional nature, but I’m guessing he would have been upset regardless.

Even though my son had a hard time emotionally with the movie, he still enjoyed it.  And I do believe this would make a great family movie.  Obviously I would recommend it for children a bit older than my seven year old, unless you know they won’t become so emotionally involved in the story.  The redeeming values of family, love, and trust make this story applicable to all.

Smittyis available on DVD from Amazon for $29.69 and I have no idea why it is so steeply priced.  Most DVD’s of this nature are  usually in the $15 vicinity and it seems illogical that this one is so expensive.



I receive the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

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