Sent to his grandfather's Iowa farm for the summer, 13-year-old troublemaker Ben has a hard time dealing with his new responsibilities -- but a slowly growing bond with a dog named Smitty helps Ben begin to learn some important life lessons.
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- David M. Evans
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Smitty is an uplifting, emotional tale of intergenerational family redemption that includes the death of a friend and a beloved pet being hit by a car. Additionally, some of the family's circumstances could raise questions about family identity or issues of abandonment. Main character Ben has never known his father, who left before he was born, and everyone's pretty tight-lipped about him. Additionally, Ben's mother's relationship with her own parents is damaged and strained. Ben is arrested, which may require some explanation about the temptations of peer pressure and the legal consequences of his actions.
- Sexual Content
- The movie has no sexual content, but does reference romantic relationships. Ben's mother, Amanda, discusses with coworkers that she hasn't been on a date in 13 years. In one scene, a customer at the restaurant where she's a waitress has to work up the nerve to ask her on a date. Later, a couple shares a kiss.
- The movie has a few key moments of scariness, including the death of a friend, a beloved pet being hit by a truck, and a handful of other scenes. In one, Ben and a gang trash a restaurant by breaking dishes, destroying mirrors, and spray-painting the walls. In another, some kids use a quarter-stick of dynamite to kill the fish in a pond. A dog is put in danger when commanded to stay roadside through a torrential downpour.
- Infrequent language with "jackass," and "stupid."
- Social Behavior
- The film underscores the importance of the family, respecting your elders, friendship, stick-with-it-ness, good old-fashioned elbow grease, and the importance of basic manners.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it