A Plumm Summer
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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.Read more ›
The film is supposed to be based on real events. And a quick search turns up that in Billings, Montana a couple of not too bright thieves broke into the local television studio. They stole the Froggy Doo marionette and demanded a $150 ransom. That brings in the FBI and the local police. Apparently Froggy's body was found hanging on a fencepost, and later his head in the back seat of a car all by children. With some huge amounts of creative license, this movie was born.
Is this really great family entertainment? Well, it's pretty good. It's a bit saccharin, too sweet. The little Rocky is simply charming and funny. My 13 year old son laughed at him pretty hard, in the first half. The geeky older brother, totally believeable. The chemistry between Haley and Elliot, not so great. The story line, well it's drug out a bit too far. The film is almost 2 hours long, and could use about a 30 minute haircut.
The first half is pretty funny and enjoyable. The film loses it's way around midpoint with the whole father nonsense. The fater is a drunk, played by William Baldwin (imagine that, such a stretch role for him). There's sort of a needless moment where the father comes home drunk 3 late for Rocky's birthday party. There's a fight between Elliot and his father. Some mean words are exchanged.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lily
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... Read morePublished 24 months ago by puppet guy
My son and I would check this video out at our local library and one day it was no longer there...so we had to buy it. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by corrine27
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
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 morePublished on January 11, 2011 by bubz4488
I think the other reviewers pretty much said it all, even the curmudgeon who dissed the film. It all depends on your POV. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by TV Junkie
Item was exactly what I was looking for. My daughter was very pleased with it.Published on April 26, 2010 by Lisa L. Shelton
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
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 morePublished on November 6, 2009 by Media Lover