Synopsis: Thirteen year-old city brat Ben (Brandon Tyler Russell) has done it again... and his struggling, single mother (Mira Sorvino) has had enough of him getting into mischief. Now, Ben has to choose between going down the path of Juvi hall or spending the summer in Iowa on a farm with his estranged grandfather, Jack (Peter Fonda). The day after arriving, Ben is ready to leave. To help Ben get a friend, Jack gets him a smart farm dog from an animal shelter to keep Ben company and in line. Between the dog and a friendly neighbor (Louis Gossett, Jr.), Ben soon learns life lessons about friendship, family and responsibility. It may take a village to raise a child, but when you only have a handful of people and a dog at your side, you have to make do with what you have. Through it all, Ben has the most memorable summer of his life.
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): David Mickey Evans
Production: Phase 4 Films
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
94 min

I'm not going in there.

Oh, yes, you are.

No, I'm not. There's something

wrong with that guy.

He's your grandfather.

You can't make me.

Oh, really?

Wanna watch me?

What's that for?

I didn't even do anything wrong,

and you're gonna beat me?

Here, put that on.

Pull your pants up.

My house, my rules.

This ain't summer vacation.

You okay with that?


I already told you

I'm not going in there.

I know that you didn't

have a father, okay?

And maybe that is why

I've been way to easy on you.

But that's what they're like, okay?

So you're just gonna deal with it.

So that's why you are

the way you are, Mom.

'Cause your dad's a redneck,

gun-toting jackass!

You watch your mouth!

Do you realize if I had ever

spoken to him that way,

do you know how far he would

have put his boot up--?

All right.

No, no, I dare you.

I dare you to talk to him like that.

You see what happens!

Give me your cell phone!


I'll give it back

at the end of the summer, maybe.

Now get in there!

You behave yourself.

No more sass.

You remember where everything is?

Yeah, I think so.


'Cause nothing's changed.

Take your bag, come on.



It's exactly like I left it.

So, what?

I just figured he would have

gotten rid of all my stuff.


Can you promise me one thing

while you're here?

Try to think of someone else

besides yourself.

It's not all about you.

What's not all about me?


I love you, okay?

All right, get ready for bed.

(rooster, farm sounds)

"I had to get

an early start,

"I'm sorry

I couldn't say goodbye.

Please be good

for your grandfather."

Yeah, right.

(radio with

Farm Report in background)


Where's mine?

I'm not your cook.

You want breakfast,

you make it yourself.

But I can't make anything.

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Michael Baumgarten

Michael Baumgarten (March 25, 1812 – July 21, 1889), was a German Protestant theologian. Baumgarten was born at Haseldorf in Schleswig-Holstein. more…

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