Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jack’s Family Adventure

MOVIE REVIEW


Jack’s Family Adventure:

An Original Hallmark Movie starring Peter Strauss (“The Jericho Mile”), Jonathan Silverman (“Weekend at Bernie’s”), DeDee Pfeiffer (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”), Linsey Godfrey (“The House Bunny”) and Nolan Gerard Funk (“Renegadepress”).

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: July 17, 2010


CAST:

Peter Strauss ... Wild Bill Cohen
Jonathan Silverman ... Jack
DeDee Pfeiffer ... Emily
Linsey Godfrey ... Charlotte
Nolan Gerard Funk ... Derek

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PLOT:

from Hallmark Channel:

Jack’s Family Adventure, an original movie about a fast-paced, modern-day family that gets caught up in their busy routine. When the Vickerys inherit a cabin in the mountains and are faced with a daunting challenge, they quickly come together as a family and realize that the most important thing in life is each other.

“Jack’s Family Adventure” is the story of the Vickerys, who on the surface appear to be the perfect all-American family: Jack (Silverman) is a star at his ad agency and is looking forward to making partner; Emily (Pfeiffer) is an up-and-coming realtor; Derek (Funk) is a senior in high school and star soccer player; and, Charlotte (Godfrey) is a do-gooder, vegetarian cheerleader. Underneath it all, however, the family is separated by modern-day gadgets and hectic schedules.

When Jack’s Uncle George dies and leaves the family his country ranch in the mountains, Jack takes a look at his family and realizes they could all use some time away together. When the Vickerys arrive, some of them are quick to throw in the towel on the aged cabin with its outdated touches, including an outhouse. But, when the family meets their new neighbor, Wild Bill Cohen (Strauss), they are forced to work together to help him round-up a herd of grazing horses and, in the process, realize that as a family they can accomplish anything.






Movie Review:

This is a lighthearted and sweet family comedy. There isn't a lot of depth to the storyline, but if you just want to sit back, relax, and have a good laugh with the family... then Jack's Family Adventure is just right.

Reminds me a little of Secrets of the Mountain or John Candy in The Great Outdoors. In Secrets of the Mountain, the older kids don't want to go on the trip, but once there - they eventually love it! The same is the case in this movie.

Plus, the kids and the mother don't think they can live, at first, without their cell phone, ipods, and other electronic gadgets... but they learn to adapt and love the country, horses, and the quiet, simple life. It's a sweet family film, perhaps, not always realistic, but charming nonetheless.

Jonathan Silverman was as cute and funny, as ever. And though, it was simple and predictable, at times, we still got a good chuckle out of it and enjoyed the movie, as a family.


See or Skip:

See, with your family!


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