Joe and Simon (Joseph Mazzello, Ian Michael Smith) have always been best pals, maybe because they both felt like outsiders; Joe is illegitimate and Simon is a dwarf. Now, at age twelve, Joe sets out to find his real father and Simon wonders what special plan God has for his life.
This touching story of kids growing up in a small town has the same nostalgic feel of movies like "Stand By Me," painting an idyllic picture of youthful hijinks, loyalty, and courage. Ian Michael Smith, in his only movie role, is excellent as the spunky, brave Simon. Joseph Mazzello, so memorable in "Jurassic Park" and "Shadowlands," is good but has outgrown the adorable little-boy stage and appears stiff at times. The boys are ably assisted by Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, and David Straithairn and Jim Carrey has a brief cameo as the adult Joe.
The movie is an affectionate homage to childhood innocence and is recommended although some dialogue may not be suitable for young children.
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