Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Smitty: Everyone Needs A Friendly Paw - A REVIEW

Smitty on DVD & Amazon On Demand
Starring: Mira Sorvino, Peter Fonda and Louis Gossett Jr.
Rated: PG
Run Time: 94 Minutes
Produced by: Phase 4 Films
Family Approval Stamp from the Dove Foundation


Mischievous 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.

The 411 by Maria
Ben is the child of single mom Amanda (Mira Sorvino) who works as a waitress and is putting herself through school to be a nurse. He gets into trouble easily but this time he will end up in Juvi Hall unless he spends to the summer with his estranged grandfather Jack(Peter Fonda) on a farm in Iowa. Amanda sucks up her proud and brings Ben to her father's farm. They haven't spoken in years and while Ben doesn't want to go, this is their last option.

Grandpa appears to be a quiet, crotchety old guy who sets Ben to work on the farm. Ben is tired, lonely and confused.  Jack takes Ben to an animal shelter and gets him a "smart" farm dog. The dog is the perfect companion and listens well. Like most kids Ben doesn't want to be told how it is and thankfully his grandfather is well schooled over the years on showing how it is. With the help of "Dog" and Jack's friend Smitty (Louis Gossett Jr.) Ben learns the true meaning of friendship through life lessons good and bad.

This is a wonderful movie with a whole lot of heart! I must have cried at least two times. Great acting and a nice storyline.

Bonus: Jason London and Twilight's BooBoo Stewart are in the movie too!


  1. Ben Barrett is played by newcomer, Brandon Tyler Russell.

  2. Ben Barrett is played by newcomer, Brandon Tyler Russell.


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