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


Here, boy.

(bell ringing)

Hi. I'm Tia.

So you're new, huh?

I'm always new.

Wow, that sucks.


It does.

Here's what you gotta know

about Lincoln Junior High.

Tuesday's Salisbury steak.

You're gonna wanna

bring a lunch that day.

Oh, and, stay away

from those guys.

Why are you telling me

all this?

(bell ringing)

'Cause everybody

needs a friend.

See you, Ben.

Suck up.


Tia told you I was a punk, huh?

Dude. She's just mad

because I broke up with her.

Chicks! They play you, man.

One day, someone's gonna

teach her a lesson.

So let's try this again.


I'm Peabo.

I'm Ben.

Hey, wanna chill tonight?


Dude. We're golden,

he's clueless.

He's in.

(Glass breaking)


What are we doing here?


We're having fun.

You do know how

to have fun, right?

Try me.

Wanna try?


Come on, try it again.

This is pretty cool.

I like that. Hey, Tyler!

Tag the walls.

Ben, you hungry?


-Come on.

Are you sure?

-It's a restaurant,

they keep all the food

in the freezer.

Hey, Ben.

Dude, wait! Hey!

Let me out!

Hey! Let me out!

-What an idiot.

Let me out!

It's really cold in here!



Put that on the wall.

What are you guys doing?

(cash register dinging)

See you, sucker!

Have fun in jail!

(sirens blaring)

Felony vandalist.

Breaking and entering.

All of which is bad, but nothing

compared to grand theft.

I didn't

steal anything!

Then where's the thousand

dollars from the cash register?

I didn't take it.

Then give me names.

Have it your way.

Sit down.

What are you doing here?

This is my family's

restaurant, Ben.

Hi, Mom.

Here's his summons.

It's all in there.

In the car, now!

All rise for

the Honourable Judge Green.

Be seated.

Good morning, Benjamin.


You move around a lot, huh?

We've-- We've had to, um--

But I'm in, I'm in

school now, night classes.

I'm studying to be a nurse,

and I'm a waitress,

and I've just taken on

a part-time job.

Which explains why

there's no adult around

to keep Benjamin from committing

multiple felonies.

I'm trying

the best that I can.

The sentencing guidelines say

you should go to

juvenile detention

for three to five years.

Five years?!

Don't talk back.

Did you think

you'd be going to Disneyland?

Now, I get the feeling

that you would be trading

some bad friends for

a set of even worse ones.

So, what to do?

Where's Benjamin's father?

The last contact I had with him

was the day that he left.

I was pregnant,

and he had other plans.

Any other family?


Well my father, but--

Benjamin, how do you and

your grandfather get along?

They've never met,

Your Honour.


No, Your Honour.

That's unfortunate.

He and I don't get along.

Is your father

a convicted felon?


A drug addict?


No, Your Honour,

he's a farmer.

He lives in Summit Town, in Iowa.

When was the last time

you spoke?

Since right before Ben was born.

It seems to me that if you had

someone to look after Benjamin,

you could concentrate on school.

Maybe even graduate early.

Yes, Your Honour.

-Here's the choice.

Benjamin spends three years

in juvenile detention

or three months in Iowa.

Mom, what's the matter?

Everyone makes mistakes, Ben.

It's just that some people

never let you live them down.

What does that mean?

Never mind.

One day you'll understand.

All right, come on.


You're late.

This is your grandson, Ben.

You gotta go to the bathroom?


Do you have to

go to the bathroom?


Why you got

your pants down, then?

'Cause I like it like that,

it's my style.

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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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