Youve Got a Friend
Suitable for any age.
Video Release: 8/28/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Oliver Robins
Producer: Albert T. Dickerson III, Jeff Kloss
Director: James A. Contner
Runtime: 85 min.
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Starring: John Schneider, Bitty Schram
John Schneider (TV's "Smallville"), Dylan McLaughlin (TV's "iCarly"), Chase Ellison (Tooth Fairy) and Bitty Schram star in You've Got A Friend, a charming film about family, friendship and determination. Bobby Graham (McLaughlin) is a strong-minded twelve-year-old boy who won't let his personal problems get in the way of his dreams. With the odds stacked against him, Bobby remains driven to prove himself through perseverance and a newfound self confidence. Join Bobby's exciting race to the finish line in this fun and endearing adventure that will make you stand up and cheer!
Here is a family movie with a terrific story! John Schneider is excellent as Jim Klecan, a Viet Nam veteran who won the Eagle Rock Derby Championship as a boy and who winds up coaching young Bobby Graham (Dylan McLaughlin). McLaughlin does a wonderful job as young Bobby, a boy who has lost his father and mother and arrives in Eagle Rock to live with his Uncle Jeff (Jason Brooks) and Aunt Gayle (Kate Connor). His uncle wants Bobby to work at the hardware store but he doesn't understand Bobby's dream of racing a car in the local Soap Box Derby. He refuses to help Bobby and Bobby winds up lying to his uncle, telling him he is going to baseball practice when in reality he becomes friends with the (at first) crotchety Jim Klecan. The boys at school have heard that Jim, a recluse, has a collection of skulls and is a dangerous man. But Bobby learns there is another side to Jim and a reason he is sometimes cranky.
Bobby's determination to get Jim to look at his soap box car designs leads to a friendship between Jim and Bobby but eventually Bobby has to come clean with his uncle and tell him that he and Jim have worked together on building a car, and he is scheduled to race in the upcoming derby. Will Uncle Jeff allow Bobby to continue building the car, and to race for the 1976 Eagle Rock Championship? Does Bobby have a shot at winning the race? This awesome movie features upbeat themes such as going for one's dream and the importance of forgiveness and not judging someone until you get to know him or her. Your family has got a friend in this movie, a family-friendly-film which earns five Doves from us, our highest rating. Watch it soon with your family and remember to dream a little bit as you do.
Sex: A woman kisses a man in excitement at the end of a race.
Violence: A boy shoots a spit ball at a boy with a straw; a boy knocks another boy's school books from his hands and the boy retaliates and punches him in the face; a kid bumps another kid a few times while passing him; a boy runs into a bale of hay in his soap box car but he is okay.
Drugs: A man holds a drink in his hand and it's not clear whether it's alcohol or possibly a soft drink.
Other: A boy recently lost both parents and he misses them; a boy lies about doing his school work and about practicing baseball when he is building a soap box car but he admits he wasn't at baseball practice later in the film; a man says he will call the police if he sees his nephew with the man again.