Twelve year-old Eric is sent to fill a prescription for his sick grandmother. On his journey through the neighborhood, things become unexpectedly complicated. Eric finds himself contending with his friends’ risky behaviors and with the thoughtless demands that adults sometimes make of children. We join Eric as he struggles to complete his responsibility by making decisions that seem logical to a good kid on the threshold of adulthood, but which will in fact bring him to the brink of danger. This thought-provoking film is a realistic portrayal of a family’s struggle to raise a child in the inner city, where some get lost and some get grown.
This was as close to real life as a movie can get. It’s about a young African American boy in his hometown trying not to get caught up in all of the bad things that happen in his neighborhood. At the core, it’s about learning how to make good decisions. This film has a serious tone. There is some violence when the kids carry around water pistols and pretend to shoot at people and then they hear a real gunshot that ends up being either a robbery or a drive-by shooting. All in all, “Gettin’ Grown” is a wonderful film with a very much needed message of making good decisions and triumphing over the bad aspects of your environment.