A PLUMM SUMMER
A Fun Family Film
Release Date: April 25, 2008
Starring: William Baldwin, Henry
Winkler, Lisa Guerrero, Chris
J. Kelly, Owen Pearce, and
Audience: Children and adults
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Director: Caroline Zelder
Executive Producer: Scott Erickson and Lisa
Producer: Frank Antonelli and Caroline
Writer: T.J. Lynch, Frank Antonelli
and Caroline Zelder
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The adventure is fun with a couple of plot surprises and the characters are engaging. The two teenagers are Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden fans, and the enjoyable mystery is reminiscent of those types of plots. The main story is a kid-caper, but there are also strong, emotional sub-plots along the way. The alcoholic father Mick (played by William Baldwin) of the Plumm brothers has to face his problems and stop blaming his oldest son for his own failures. There’s a story of young romance between Elliott and Haley, but the strongest theme is one of brotherly love. Though Elliott has to take care of his younger brother and initially dislikes it; in the end, he realizes that Rocky is also his best friend. That is a fresh and welcome take on a story of two siblings.
While there is no mention of God nor faith, the movie reflects a moral worldview with the biblical theme of putting others before yourself. Set in a small town, the movie displays an innocence of a bygone era. A PLUMM SUMMER is very “clean” except for one profanity and one obscenity and contains no sexual content. Elliott punches the town bully for calling his brother names, but regrets his action because it is too much like his father’s actions, the ex-boxer. Elliott throws his father’s beer bottles against the wall and at his father in a rage over his dad’s drinking and rejection of him. At one point, young Rocky buys a pack of bubble gum cigarettes, a product which is no longer marketed and might be misunderstood by a young viewer. In pursuit of the missing puppet, the kids sneak out twice against their parent’s wishes. The kidnapping grows in notoriety and bumbling FBI agents show up, but the young adolescents’ actions solve the mystery instead.
A PLUMM SUMMER is a terrific movie for the family and would be most enjoyed by young children. It’s a movie that parents can watch with their children with no major content concerns. There’s much to like and much to recommend about the movie and is one that can be watched for the fun caper, but also enjoyed for the story of brotherly love.
The adventure is fun with a couple of plot surprises, and the characters are engaging. The main story is a kid-caper, but there are also strong, emotional sub-plots along the way. The brothers’ alcoholic father has to face his problems and stop blaming his oldest son for his own failures. There’s a story of young romance between Elliott and Haley, but the strongest theme is brotherly love. Though Elliott has to take care of his younger brother and initially dislikes it; in the end, he realizes that Rocky is his best friend. The movie is “clean” with one profanity, one obscenity, and minor violence.