The Real Howard Spitz



Howard Spitz is a cranky, has-been detective-novelist out of money and out of luck—until he meets 8-year-old Samantha, who convinces him he has what it takes to write children’s books.

Dove Review

“The Real Howard Spitz” is a story about a washed-up detective-novel writer and a young girl who helps him create a successful children’s book series “Crafty Cow.” The girl assists Howard in exchange for his help in finding her father, a man who left her mother before she was born. Together they learn how to care for and about each other. It is a fun story, where, in the end, both learn lessons of importance. Unfortunately this version of the film uses language that prevents Dove from awarding a seal to an otherwise inspiring story.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Woman fires a gun through a door, but no one is hurt.
Sex: A man asks a boy if his mother is on fertility drugs because she has several children, and the boy repeats the question to his mother.
Language: GD-1 no sound but can read lips; OG/MG/G-13; S-3; BS-2; SOB-1; b*stard-1; S-3; woman says the f-bomb on a television show—the word is bleeped, but the viewer can read her lips.
Violence: Woman fires a gun through a door, but no one is hurt.
Drugs: A character smokes cigarettes frequently, although, to his credit, he is trying to quit; a man drinks on occasion; a brief scene in a bar; alcohol served at a banquet; a man spikes an older woman's tea with something that causes her to swear on a television show.
Nudity: Mild cleavage a few times; a man ogles a woman who is showing a great deal of cleavage.
Other: A man hires another to impersonate him; a child searches for her father who left her mother before she was born; a man gambles on horse races.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Jurgen Wolff
Director: Vadim Jean
Producer: Paul Brooks
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 102 min.
Reviewer: Donna R.