DVD Review: STANDING UP

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STANDING UP tells the story of a boy and a girl, ages 11 and 12, who are ostracized by their peer groups at summer camp. The outsiders soon find themselves victims of a vicious prank, but rather than returning to camp to face the humiliation, they decide to take off on the run together. As they slowly navigate what lies ahead, they develop a bond and help each other over- come adversity and start down the path of self-discovery.

The movie is based on the novel by Brock Cole, it’s directed by D.J. Caruso and stars Annalise Basso, Chandler Canterbur, Radha Mitchell and Val Kilmer.

Standing Up reminds me of other coming of age movies like Lucas and Stand By Me. This movie follows these two young kids who get picked on at camp and they run away and have their own summer adventure of meeting unique characters and over coming their fears. From having fears of the water and learning to swim to not being able to communicate well with others, they both face these obstacles and over come them while forming a bond and a friendship that will last a life time.

D.J. Caruso always tells a great story and this one is one of his best to date and could possibly turn into a timeless coming of age classic and is a movie that many people will be able to relate to. The entire cast is phenomenal, especially these two young kids who really steal the show plus Val Kilmer has his little shining, comedic moment as a stoner-type, hippy deputy. While these kids are just 11 and 12 years old, there are a few adult themes included but nothing too offense or anything like that. Standing Up is a good movie for the entire family to sit down and watch. It’s a good one for anyone who has ever dealt with bullying or even people who like reminiscing about that summer at camp.

Bottom line is, Standing Up is a touching movie about two young kids that didn’t quite fit in who got bullied and only become stronger and more adventurous because of it. If you or someone you know has ever experienced anything like this you should really watch this movie. It will inspire you to march on in the face of adversity and hopefully help you move on and rise above. This DVD releases exclusively at Walmart on August 20th and is definitely worth a watch.

Distributor: ARC Entertainment

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: PG

Special Features: None

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