8 Family Feature Films [DVD]

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Horrid Henry: The Movie
A mischievous boy fights to save the school he can't stand in this zany comedy adapted from the books by author Francesca Simon. Henry (Theo Stevenson) has failed to complete his homework once again, but this time the results will be more harsh than he ever imagined. Now, with the future of his school hanging in the balance, young Henry must team with his neighborhood nemesis Moody Margaret if he hopes to take top prize in a talent contest, stay one step ahead of the crooked school inspectors, outsmart a diabolical headmaster, and keep his school from being shut down for good. Anjelica Huston, Richard E. Grant, and Noel Fielding co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Little Red Wagon
An 8-year-old boy dedicates his life to helping children rendered homeless by Hurricane Charley, and learns that you can't put a price tag on life's greatest gifts in this inspirational drama based on actual events. Dejected at the images of families whose lives were uprooted by the disaster, Zach Bonner uses his trusty wagon to collect essential items that will help them get back on their feet. When the media spotlight's Zach's benevolent endeavors, the selfless seizes the opportunity to launch his own charity, dubbed the Little Red Wagon Foundation. Later, Zach encounters a widow and her son who were rendered homeless by the story, and vows to draw attention to their plight by embarking on a cross country walk. Despite his mother's trepidations about the journey and his teenage sister's growing resentment over being stuck at the center of a media circus, Zach sets out on a journey that will transform not just his own life, but also the lives of everyone he encounters. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

A Thousand Hills
Smitty: The Movie
A troubled teen spends the summer on his grandfather's Iowa farm and learns some valuable life lessons from a rescued kennel dog in this affectionate coming of age story featuring Peter Fonda and Louis Gossett, Jr. When the banks foreclose on the farm where Smitty lives, the happy-go-lucky mutt ends up in an Iowa dog shelter. Meanwhile, in the city, 13 year old Ben Barrett (Brandon Taylor Russell) has just been arrested for breaking and entering and grand theft. His mother (Mira Sorvino) at her wits end, Ben is offered the choice of spending three years in juvenile detention, or three months on his grandfather's Jack's farm in Iowa. And no-nonsense Jack (Fonda) isn't about to let his grandson off the hook. Convinced that Ben will adjust more quickly to country life with the help of a friend, Jack goes to the local pound and selects Smitty to keep an eye on his mischievous grandson. Though at first Ben resents the fact that he's suddenly saddled with the responsibility of caring for a dog, a kindly neighbor (Gossett, Jr.) helps to steer the teen down the right path while he reconnects with his family, and learns the importance of responsibility. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Lucky Dog
A wealthy woman adopts an orphaned puppy, but her plan to enter him into a prestigious dog show is foiled by a pair of dog-nappers who abduct the pooch, and demand a hefty ransom. In her bid to get her furry friend back, the woman realizes that his companionship is worth far more than any ribbon or trophy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Hanna's Gold
Teenage sisters Hanna and Jasmine find their perfect summer thwarted when they're sent to work at their father's ranch, but experience the adventure of a lifetime after stumbling across a mysterious treasure map. Now, as Hanna and Jasmine search for the lost cache of gold in the mountains surrounding the ranch, they cross paths with two inept thieves who are determined to reach the riches first. Luke Perry stars. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Duke
Billed as Benji meets Howards End, this charming Canadian children's film concerns the struggle between a philanthropic duke (John Neville) and his sniveling nephew Cecil (Oliver Muirhead), who worries that his uncle is wasting his money by spending it on the poor. When the duke dies halfway through the movie, his American niece Charlotte (Courtnee Draper) takes over. Soon Charlotte falls in love with a dashing laborer (Jeremy Maxwell), while Cecil plots to stain the moral standing of the duke's loyal dog, Hubert. Star Trek's James Doohan also appears as a snooty English butler. The Duke was screened at the 1999 Flanders Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

The Secret of Loch Ness
An 11 year old boy sets out on the adventure of a lifetime after discovering a photo of a researcher living in Scotland whom he believes to be his deceased father. When Tim sees a photo of a man who bears a striking resemblance to his late father, he beats a hasty retreat for Scotland. The photo was taken in Inverness, the Scottish village made famous by the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. But even in his wildest dreams Tim never could have imagined what he would find on the shores of this mysterious loch, and by the time his journey is over he'll believe that miracles really are possible. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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