A Plumm Summer

Theatrical Release: April 25, 2008
DVD Release: May 5, 2009
A Plumm Summer
Dove "Family-Approved"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

Limited Theatrical Release – The innocence of an idyllic small town is torn apart when famous TV puppet Froggy Doo is “Frognapped” and held for ransom. A Plumm Summer tells the remarkable tale of two young brothers, Elliott and Rocky Plumm, and their new neighbor Haley, who go head-to-head with the FBI in order to crack the case and get their beloved Froggy Doo back on the air, all the while becoming local heroes and best friends.

Dove Review

An exciting who-done-it for the family! This film takes the audience back to a more innocent time, specifically 1968. Happy Herb (Henry Winkler) stars on a children’s TV program with his marionette and well-loved character Froggy Doo. To children such as five-year-old Rocky Plumm, Froggy Doo is as real as the Tooth Fairy. Rocky’s older brother Elliott, fourteen, isn’t innocent any longer like his younger brother. Elliott’s father Mick, a former boxer, doesn’t pay much attention to Elliott, who feels “invisible” to his dad. We wish to note that some parents will consult our content chart below and will feel totally comfortable with children under the age of twelve viewing this film. The film has screened well with children. Henry Winkler is expertly cast as “Happy Herb”. He is a treat to watch in this film.

Rocky and many other children and parents look forward to a special local appearance of Happy Herb and Froggy Doo, only to learn that Froggy Doo is “frog napped” just before he is due to appear on stage. This sets Elliott on a mission to find Froggy Doo and get the true scoop for the local newspaper and to encourage Rocky. Elliott also becomes interested in Haley, a girl who moves near his family, who is willing to help in the search for Froggy Doo. This is a fun story with some twists and turns in it. It does include a few scenes of a father with a drinking problem who winds up in jail. Parents should consult our content descriptions below. The story shows that change is possible for those who truly want it, and by the end of the picture, all of the characters have grown and changed in some way. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.

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Content Description

Sex: None
Language: D-1; OMG-1; Butts-1; Some childish name calling like "stupid," "idiot," and "retardo."
Violence: An angry son throws his drunken father's beer bottles against the wall and throws one at the father but it misses him.
Drugs: A few bar scenes and some beer drinking; the father comes home drunk a few times.
Nudity: Some mild cleavage.
Other: This story takes place in the sixties and a kid eats candy cigarettes; a couple of characters are involved in the plot to steal the marionette Froggy Doo; some kids send a replica bow tie to Froggy Doo's owner asking for money; a drunken father accidentally steps on the birthday gift he bought his son; a character ends up in jail but changes his ways; boys sneak out of house to check on clues about Froggy Doo.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Writer: TJ Lynch, Frank Antonelli, Caroline Zelder
Director: Caroline Zelder
Producer: Frank Antonelli
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 101 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: William Baldwin, Henry Winkler, Lisa Guerrero, Brenda Strong, Owen Pearce, Morgan Flynn, Peter Scolari, Rick Overton, Clint Howard, Richard Riehle, introducing Chris J. Kelly, with narration by Jeff Daniels