Stolen Summer

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Released 2002

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Director:
Pete Jones
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG

Stolen Summer, directed by Pete Jones, is a drama about an unusual friendship between two eight-year-old boys. The film is set in Chicago during the 1970s. In the film, Pete O'Malley (Adi Stein) is a little Catholic boy who attends Catholic school and has just began his summer vacation. Before leaving school, Pete's favorite nun at school reminded Pete to follow the way of the Lord while he is on vacation. Pete takes his religion very seriously and he interprets this as meaning it is his job during the summer to help someone enter heaven. Again referring to his Catholic studies, Pete decides a Jewish person would benefit most from his mission. After speaking with the local rabbi, Rabbi Jacobsen (Kevin Pollack), Pete learns the rabbi's son, Danny (Mike Wehnberg), is terminally ill. He determines that getting Danny into heaven will be his summer project. The two boys set out on a series of events that Pete hopes will earn Danny a coveted spot in heaven.

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  • 40

    Variety David Rooney

    Plays like an aggressively heart-tugging, exceedingly vanilla Disney telemovie.

  • 30

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Summer is like an episode of the religious children's series "Davey and Goliath," without the entertainment value of animation and a talking dog.

  • 0

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    How feeble a movie is Stolen Summer? So feeble they've just about buried the title on the film's own poster.

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    Family Dramas, Independent, Religion & Spirituality, Historical