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A Plumm Summer (2007)

Jeff Daniels , William Baldwin , Caroline Zelder  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, William Baldwin, Henry Winkler, Lisa Guerrero, Chris Massoglia
  • Directors: Caroline Zelder
  • Writers: Caroline Zelder, Frank Antonelli, T.J. Lynch
  • Producers: Caroline Zelder, Doug Metzger, Douglas Kahelemauna Nam, Frank Antonelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UIY5SE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,327 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Plumm Summer" on IMDb

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Froggy Doo, the wisecracking marionette operated and voiced by Happy Herb, is loved by all the kids - all the kids except young Elliott Plumm. Elliott (13) has outgrown the show and no longer believes in Froggy Doo; in fact, he doesn't believe in much of anything anymore, least of all himself, which causes a considerable amount of tension between him and his five year-old brother Rocky, who believes in everything - especially Froggy Doo. What's real for Elliott is the anxiety he feels at home. His father, Mick, an ex-boxer, treats his oldest son as though he's invisible, and secretly blames the boy for his not going to the Olympics thirteen years ago. His mother, Roxie, loves him dearly, but is so busy trying to keep the bills paid, her husband sober, and her marriage together that she doesn't have much time left for her firstborn son. Initially, Elliott has no interest in the Frog-napping, but when an odd-looking trailer pulls onto the empty lot next door carrying young Haley (a new neighbor, junior sleuth, and Trixie Belden fan), everything changes. Soon, Elliott, Haley, and Rocky band together and embark on a mission to find Froggy Doo. And what starts out as a lark for Elliott becomes increasingly essential as the stakes for him rise dramatically: if he can crack the case before the FBI, he could win the heart of the girl he's falling for, bond with his little brother, give his mother the reward money, and maybe, just maybe - earn his father's love. But the journey is never what we expect, and by the end of the road, everyone has learned a lot more than just who kidnapped Froggy Doo.

Stills from A Plumm Summer (Click for larger image) and downloadable coloring sheet (Click for pdf file)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"A PLUMM SUMMER" is a heartwarming family film that combines mystery, suspense, action and a homage to the classic family films of yesteryear.

The film is a first for Director Caroline Zelder (who has worked as an editor and involved in casting for films such as "The Patriot") and also a film she co-wrote with T.J. Lynch and Frank Antonelli.

Based on a true story, the film revolves around the theft of Froggy Doo, the popular frog marionette owned by TV host Happy Herb. His television show "Happy Herb & Froggy Doo" was among the popular kids shows on television and the theft happened in Billings, Montana (the hometown of screenplay writer T.J. Lynch).

"A PLUMM SUMMER" focuses on a family and their two children Elliott Plumm (Chris Massoglia) and his younger brother Rocky (Owen Pearce).

Elliott is a shy young teenager who is constantly called names because of his quiet and shy demeanor. He may seem that way in front of his classmates but at home, Elliott is a child that enjoys Hardy Boys mystery novels and photography.

His younger brother Rocky on the other hand is a typical child who is addicted to the television show "Happy Herb and Froggy Doo" and believes that Froggy Doo is real character and loves the character so much that his side of the bedroom which he shares with his brother is plastered with Froggy Doo merchandise.

As for the Plumm's family life, his mother Roxie (Lisa Guerrero) tries to keep the family going strong,while her husband Mick (William Baldwin), a former boxer who tends to hang out with a bad crowd of guys and constantly gets drunk.

Roxie worries that her husband is out drinking all the time while not working and not spending time with the children.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Sunday family dinner hour... November 5, 2009
A Plumm Summer is a sweet little indie film pulled off perfectly. There are some big names in the supporting cast who are all note-perfect, most notably Peter Scolari and Henry Winkler. Billy Baldwin also puts in a very good turn for the first time in quite a while. Newcomers Chris Massoglia and Owen Pearce couldn't be any cuter and more adorable as the brothers/stars of the film. Massoglia (credited as "Chris J. Kelly") is particularly outstanding considering it's his first jump from TV to film - you really like him and feel for his character. To me, A Plumm Summer hearkens back to 6:00 on Sunday when the family would gather around the TV with dinners in hand to watch the Wonderful World of Disney's weekly fare. This is like that... but better quality than most of what Walt served up. There's some real heart to this effort thanks to genuine drama that hits a message without becoming overwrought with itself. The mystery element to the story is none too deep or complex, but it doesn't need to be; it's just the vehicle that introduces some very likable characters and lets us get to know them. There's a laugh or two along the way and everything is generally light-hearted and fun. It's a good family film that entertains as well as confronts a serious note or two along the way. It won't change the landscape of movie-making, but it's awfully nice to see that somebody will still make a sweet, innocent film like this. Kudos to the folks responsible for doing that. A very sweet, endearing, charming, family film worth anyone's time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect family viewing! April 17, 2009
I was one of the lucky few who caught this movie in the theaters before it was suffocated by the studio blockbusters. A great movie for all the family with a little bit of everything in it for kids and adults alike. Shot in glorious Montana, it was actually inspired by a true story. Who would have believed the FBI was sent in to investigate the kidnapping of a puppet! Some great performances and a movie you'll never get bored of watching! Well worth buying for one's library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!! October 20, 2014
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My brother bought this movie on a whim, as he lives in Bozeman, and hadn't had a chance to see it in the Cinema. He unexpectedly loved it, and promptly had our nice and nephew watch it. My 11 year-old niece declared it "The best movie EVER!" No, it won't dazzle you with its realism (though it is based on a true story), and as far as the action goes, it's tame; but it's a lovely story of familial redemption, and the children did a wonderful job. Owen Pearce just might be the cutest kid on the planet! The scenery is gorgeous, as one would expect to see from a movie filmed in Montana.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable Plumm summer September 7, 2009
This is a wonderful and inspiring family story about friendship and coming of age with elements of suspense and mystery( YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT FROG!!) A Plumm Summer may lack the seriousness of other family dramas but nevertheless the performances and storyline are convincing enough to carry you along. This is an exellent family film and I wish there were more like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great funn February 21, 2014
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intesting cast, engaging story, family-friendly; tells the story of a family's real struggles during a defined period of time, through the eyes of a teenager who wants to do what is right. If only there were more like him today. The story definitely leaves you wanting to know the 'rest of the story' but otherwise, very worth watching 2-3 times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family movie
My son and I would check this video out at our local library and one day it was no longer we had to buy it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by corrine27
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
I ordered this movie on Netflix and it was cute enough that I bought it on Amazon. It was inexpensive and only took a couple of days to get. I am happy with my purchase.
Published on July 25, 2011 by Shannon M. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids!
We purchased this book for our four year old triplet grandchildren and they love it. It is watched over and over again and I would reccommend it for any age as we enjoyed it as... Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by bubz4488
5.0 out of 5 stars Montana As It Used To Be
I think the other reviewers pretty much said it all, even the curmudgeon who dissed the film. It all depends on your POV. Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by David McEldery
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Item was exactly what I was looking for. My daughter was very pleased with it.
Published on April 26, 2010 by Lisa L. Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Plumm Summer
A very good family movie for all. Nice, enjoyable story. No bad language, no sexual situations. Just a good and decent movie.
Published on April 21, 2010 by Patrick K. Fines
1.0 out of 5 stars I REALLY Didn't Like This Film...
I'm sorry to say this... But I really didn't like this film at all! I thought the acting was horrible, the plot was laughable and the scripting was even worse. Read more
Published on November 6, 2009 by Media Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Plumm Good
Very good classic movie. How many movies are out there now that are just good ol' family movies? Not many but this is one of them. I would for sure buy this movie.
Published on November 4, 2009 by Susan L. Paglia
4.0 out of 5 stars Froggy Doooo, where are you?
A Plumm Summer, the 1968 mystery that three children try to solve, Froggy Doo has been kidnapped. Rocky Plumm, the about 8 year old younger brother of 13 year old Elliot Plumm, is... Read more
Published on May 16, 2009 by Daniel G. Lebryk
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