LITTLE RED WAGON

How To Help the Homeless

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Release Date: October 05, 2012

Starring: Chandler Canterbury, Anna Gunn, Frances O’Connor, Daveigh Chase, Dylan Matzke

Genre: Drama

Audience: All ages

Rating: PG

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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Berry Meyerowitz, CEO/President, Phase 4 Films
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Content:

(BB, C, Cap, AC, L, V, M) Strong moral worldview with very light Christian content, with some pro-capitalist, pro-individual, anti-statist content; five very mild obscenities, one vomiting scene; some mild violence with discussion and news footage from Hurricane Charley’s devastation of Florida; no sex; no nudity; no drinking; no smoking; and, lying, homeless theft, and arrogant, mean-spirited government people.

Summary:

LITTLE RED WAGON is based on a true story about a young boy who starts a nonprofit organization to help the homeless. In spite of a very weak storyline, LITTLE RED WAGON has some good filmmaking and acting. Even better, it shows that even a little boy can do better helping the homeless than the government.

Review:

LITTLE RED WAGON is a dramatic movie based on a true story about a young boy who becomes the youngest head of a nonprofit organization in the United States of America to help the homeless.

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.

In Brief:

LITTLE RED WAGON opens with Zach with his sister and mother driving home in 2004. The news reports that Hurricane Charley is about to hit their Florida home. Miraculously, the hurricane turns south, devastating Southern Florida. Zach wants to help the victims. He takes his little red wagon and collects truckloads of food and supplies for the victims. A news reporter finds out and interviews him. After the government hassles Zach, his mother takes Zach to a shelter. He decides to help the homeless on a grander scale.

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.