New York, NY – March 28, 2017: Due to an overwhelming response to advance ticket sales during opening weekend (February 3rd) in New York/New Jersey, San Francisco, Dallas and Chicago and additional releases (February 10th) in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Hartford, Boston and Detroit, the heartfelt, coming-of-age, family comedy GROWING UP SMITH, directed by Frank Lotito and starring Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) and Anjul Nigam (Bad Words and True Detective), has been slated for a North American roll-out on April 7th in Toronto, Ontario at the Carlton 9 Cinema. The cast is available for one-on-one interviews upon request, and the online screener of the film is also available for reviewers, critics and bloggers.
Here's what critics are saying about the coming-of-age LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE meets MY GIRL meets WONDER YEARS family-friendly film:
"The film has accidental topicality now with the debate over immigration swirling, but you don’t need to burden it with politics to be touched by its tale of a child who is pulled by two very different cultural worlds." - New York Times Review
NPR's This American Life says Growing Up Smith "Shines with stellar performances."
"A cross cultural comedy with heart... Growing Up Smith reminds me of some of the great coming of age stories... a solid watch for kids of a certain age, or really anyone who has ever been a little bit different from those around them." - Josh Hurtado, ScreenAnarchy
Fort Worth Star Telegram calls the film "charmingly amusing and surprisingly timely...like an extended episode of 'The Wonder Years.'"
Distributed by Good Deed Entertainment and inspired by a true story set in the year 1979, Growing Up Smith is about a family from India that moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a "good old boy" propels him further away from his family's ideas than ever before.
“In light of the recent immigration concerns in our country, this film highlights a positive immigrant experience in the late 70s and reminds us that love does not see race or creed," said Scott Donley, CEO & Founder of Good Deed Entertainment.
Nigam says that "the movie is a tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America. We're proud to say that it's a film with no explosions, no profanity and no violence," which is the unspoken mantra at his production company, Brittany House Pictures.
GROWING UP SMITH
Starring: Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl"), Anjul Nigam ("Bad Words"), Brighton Sharbino ("The Walking Dead"), Hilarie Burton ("One Tree Hill"), Jake Busey ("From Dusk Till Dawn"), Tim Guinee ("Iron Man 1 and 2"), Alison Wright ("The Americans"), Poorna Jagannathan ("Delhi Belly"), Samrat Chakrabarti ("Waiting City") and introducing Roni Akurati as "Smith"
Director: Frank Lotito
Producers: Anjul Nigam, Frank Lotito, Steve Straka
Writers: Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn, Gregory Scott Houghton
Story: In 1979, a family from India moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s ideals than ever before. A tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America... in simpler times.
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