LITTLE RED WAGON
How To Help the Homeless
Release Date: October 05, 2012
Starring: Chandler Canterbury, Anna
Gunn, Frances O’Connor,
Daveigh Chase, Dylan Matzke
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: Phase 4 Films
Director: David Anspaugh
Executive Producer: Steve Golin, Barbara Kelly
Producer: Michael Guillen, David Kanter
Writer: Patrick Sheane Duncan
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The movie opens with Zach Bonner and his sister, Kelley, driving home in 2004 with their mother while news says their Florida home is about to be hit by Hurricane Charley. The neighbors from across the street yell that they’re evacuating and wonder if they’re leaving too. The mother replies that they feel safer at home and have bought supplies. Miraculously, the hurricane does not hit them, but turns south and devastates a large swatch of Southern Florida.
Zach wants to do something to help the victims. He takes his little red wagon and eventually collects three truckloads of food and supplies for the homeless victims. A news reporter finds out how much he’s collected and interviews him.
The next time Zach comes back to the collection center, the government bureaucrat says he’s too young to help. His mother gets angry and says he’s already raised three truckloads. His mother takes Zach to a homeless shelter, and he decides to help the homeless on a grander scale.
Meanwhile, a neighbor becomes homeless, a mother with her son because the husband suddenly died. The movie follows Zach trying to help the homeless and the neighbor trying to survive homelessness.
There’s a lot of good filmmaking in this movie. The cinematography and technical aspects are very good. Most of the acting is good, but some is weak.
The problem is the episodic script. There are multiple, sequential villains throughout the movie, (and sometimes no villain at all!). At first, it’s man versus nature. Then, it’s Zach versus the bureaucrats. Then, it’s the daughter versus the mother. Finally, it’s Zach’s quest against nature at all odds.
LITTLE RED WAGON is worthwhile watching, but many people will lose interest because of the lack of dramatic scripting. The good news is that it clearly shows that even a little boy can do better helping the homeless than the government.
There are some good production values in LITTLE RED WAGON. The cinematography and technical aspects are very good. Most of the acting is good, although some is weak. The problem is the episodic script. There are multiple, sequential villains throughout the movie, and sometimes no villain at all!. LITTLE RED WAGON is worthwhile, but audiences may lose interest because of the lack of drama. Even so, the movie clearly shows that even a little boy can do better helping the homeless than the government.