actor: Jean Smart

When Calls the Heart

November 19, 2013

Dove Approved for All Ages

In this adventure as in most stories of the American frontier the viewer is taken back to the time of stage coach travels but the setting in this film is that of western Canada. Our heroine is a debutante lady of the upper class and when she turns down the advances of the man that places the [...]

Youth in Revolt

Here is an original story. Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is a virgin and wants to bring an end to that reality of his life. Many films before this one have targeted teens with this topic. Cera (of the dubious "Year One" film) seems determined to play this type of role in perpetuity. Nick meets Sheeni [...]

The Kid

January 23, 2001

Dove Approved for All Ages

One of the best episodes of TV’s “Northern Exposure” had Maggie, the female lead, meeting herself as a teenager. I thought it was one of the most clever and original ideas to come to the “boob tube.” Now, some ten years later, the same clever and original idea has come to the big screen. [...]

Snow Day

October 3, 2000

Dove Approved for All Ages

Imbecilic, childish, moronic – all expectable terms seasoned filmgoers could use to describe this film. But this film was not made for adults. Nor would older teens be much interested in it. A man sat in front of me at the screening with his three-year-old sitting on his lap. She was [...]


June 9, 1997

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Life is not always easy for a young boy growing up and having to face realities of life. This is an adventurous film about Jody as he learns that life can be unfair. It is also about the harsh times that surround him and his family. On their little family farm, they are confronted with the dangers [...]