Reviewed by: Scott Bryce
|Producer:||Feature Films for Families|
A greedy developer arranges to have the elderly Jake evicted from his run down home in an effort to increase the property values of the neighboring lots. The local kids, in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., decide to protest by refusing to take baths until Jake is allowed back into his home.
This video should have been a heart warming story about valuing people more than money, but it falls flat on its face. With the exception of Jake’s part, the acting isn’t strong enough to rescue the poorly written script. After an intriguing opening scene, the story moves slowly. By the time the story is fully developed, there have been so many problems in the story line that the courtroom scene at the end of the video is less than climactic.
The story is written for a young audience, but it makes the mistake of talking down to them at their level, rather than drawing them up to a more mature level as good children’s literature should. After previewing the video, I decided not to let my children see it. They have more productive ways to waste their time.