YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND, the endearing Hallmark Channel original film comes to DVD August 28th.
A recently-orphaned 12-year-old boy finds himself living with his aunt and uncle in a strange town and follows the inventive passion of his late father in “You’ve Got a Friend", a Hallmark Original Movie. John Schneider(“Smallville,” “Hot in Cleveland”),Chase Ellison (Tooth Fairy, Unstoppable), Bitty Schram(“Monk,” A League of Their Own), Dylan McLaughlin(“iCarly,” Kicking and Screaming), Jason Brooks and Kate Connor star in the moving drama about a boy facing the challenges of finding new friends, new parents and a new life.
After Bobby Graham’s (Dylan McLaughlin) parents are killed in an automobile accident in his native San Diego, he’s sent to live with his father’s brother, Jeff (Jason Brooks), and his wife, Gayle (Kate Connor) in the small town of Eagle Rock. The couple finds themselves instant parents, struggling to learn the ropes.
Bobby dreams of building the soap box derby racer he and his dad had designed, but his uncle scorns the idea, preferring Bobby spend his spare time at the family hardware store–though Bobby has other plans.
Bobby secretly finds a mentor in town-loner Jim Klecan (John Schneider), the former town champ of yesteryear. Klecan, a Vietnam vet and handyman, is derided by most of the town for his isolated lifestyle, but provides the friendship and mentoring the young boy needs to become a champ. His relationship with Bobby also provides its own healing, as does Bobby’s compassionate teacher, Miss Nelson (Bitty Schram).
My Thoughts: An endearing Hallmark Channel original film filled with impactful lessons and family fun! This story is the true meaning of family and friendship, and shows that you should never close the door on your dreams. My family really enjoyed this for our weekly family movie night. We really try to focus on films that send a message to our children. While it was really sad that the boy lost his parents, he mustered through with his aunt and uncle who were not equipped to raise a child and came through. He made a wonderful friend in a man that the entire town had written off. They al figure out how to make their new family unit work and in the end find cooperation, understanding and love to become a loving family. A great message for our family as well!
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