Plumm Summer
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A highly unlikely crime helps bring together two brothers in this nostalgic comedy drama. Rocky Plumm (Owen Pearce) is a five-year-old boy growing up in a small Montana town in the mid-'60s. In Rocky's eyes, there's no star bigger or brighter than local kid's show host Happy Herb (Henry Winkler), who appears on TV weekday afternoons with his puppet friend Froggy Doo. When the Froggy Doo puppet is stolen, Happy Herb's show goes off the air until the doll can be found, which only adds to Rocky's unease as his folks (William Baldwin and Lisa Guerrero) struggle to salvage… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This family film is willing to tackle important issues such as burgeoning sexuality, alcoholism and a troubled home life but does so in a bland and unconvincing story."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Feels like an homage to a bygone era of moviemaking."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Variety
"The shame here is, it's not a terrible movie. It's just pretty amateurish in terms of the direction and some of the performances."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A proud throwback to '70s family melodramas, such as Where the Red Fern Grows, Plumm seems slow, melodramatic and contrived when compared to contemporary movies."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This might be palatable if it weren't also fraught with leaden direction and horrible acting -- it's a painful thing when William Baldwin's the best actor you've got."
‑ Peter Schilling, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"While ninety percent of the film is good for the family, there is ten percent that I will caution parents on."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The happy Hardy Boys action takes an uncomfortable back seat to low-rent melodrama."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"First-time director Caroline Zelder brings warmth and restraint to this tale of Montana child detectives on the case of a beloved frog puppet that, to the devastation of its over-invested owner-operator (Henry Winkler), goes missing."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Film crumbles when the oppressive frowns are released, turning an amiable diversion into a chore to finish, due in great part to the sheer weight of the distress. The movie never fully recovers from the sour detour."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The story mechanics don't always work-the film vacillates between feeling heartfelt and clumsy."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
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