Movie Review: “Snow Men”

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A sickly boy milks his illness to try and convince his school to break a world record in this lighthearted wintry kids’ comedy.

Billy (Billy Kirkfield) narrates this tale about “the most amazing winter ever,” when a Jamaican who has never seen snow (Bobb’e J. Thompson) moves in next door and helps him challenge the class bully (Josh Flitter of “The Greatest Game Ever Played” and “Ace Ventura Jr.”) for the spot at the top of “Kill Hill,” the snow mound out behind the school.  But the life-changing event for Billy comes after they find a frozen body in a snowplow pile. That makes him try to figure out way people will remember him. He’s sick enough to worry about that.

The kids are charming and the supporting cast — Christopher Lloyd as a cemetery caretaker and Ray Liotta, as Billy’s dad, whose wacky TV commercials are the comical highlight of the film — lift this comedy from above its direct-to-video ambitions.

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, some rough bullying and peril, language and brief juvenile

Cast: Billy Kirkfield, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Ray Liotta, Josh Flitter, Christopher Lloyd,

Credits: Written and directed by Robert Kirbyson

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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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