Light Hearted Drama
Release Date: October 21, 2011
Starring: Bobby Coleman, Bobb’e J.
Thompson, Christian Martyn,
Josh Flitter, Doug E. Doug,
Christopher Lloyd, Beverly
Mitchell, Ray Liotta
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 86 minutes
Distributor: MPOWER Distribution
Director: Robert Kirbyson
Executive Producer: Bill O’Kane, Ray Liotta,
Diane Hendricls, Tina Segel
Producer: Stephen McEveety, David Segel,
Writer: Robert Kirbyson
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Billy becomes obsessed with trying to do things that will get him famous and remembered after he dies. The three friends discover a frozen body and get some notoriety from that. Then, they attempt to set the world record for most snowmen but have a hard time getting volunteers. Billy takes off his stocking cap to reveal his bald head from chemotherapy, which incites pity, causing many people to sign up to volunteer.
[SPOILERS FOLLOW] When Billy’s publicity-hungry car salesman dad shows up to the snowmen event, he reveals that Billy is not dying; he really has a cold. The event is canceled because it seems that Billy’s been lying to everyone.
When Billy and friends are harassed by Jason the bully, Billy pulls Jason out of an icy lake, but in doing so, falls in himself. His friends try to get him, but he dies for a number of hours, but is resuscitated in the hospital.
There is much to recommend in this charming movie. Bobby Coleman as Billy is terrific. The production values are solid, and the story moves along with a good dose of light hearted character humor. Christopher Lloyd as the cemetery caretaker brings home the message that it’s the person that you are – not what famous thing you do – that’s important.
There is discussion of heaven as the boys talk about it. It’s mostly played for laughs about whether Benjamin Franklin is an angel and if indeed all dogs do go to heaven. There is a strong secondary story of Howie, the new kid from Jamaica, who has to learn to ice skate when trying to get help for Billy.
Another thread of the story is Billy’s Dad learning to not “spin” (lie), as he does on his used car commercials. It’s the father’s “spinning” that made Billy think he had a cancer relapse.
There is happily very little negative content aside from bullying, a close up of frozen corpse, and scatological humor, and very much to commend in SNOWMEN.
Bobby Coleman as Billy is terrific. The story moves along with a good dose of lighthearted humor. Christopher Lloyd brings home the message that it’s the person you are – not what famous things you do – that’s important. There is discussion of heaven, mostly played for laughs, about whether Benjamin Franklin is an angel and if indeed all dogs go to heaven. There’s also a strong subplot about a new kid from Jamaica who has to learn to ice skate when trying to get help for Billy. Happily, there’s only a little negative content in SNOWMEN and very much to commend.