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A Movie You’ll Want to See – Snowmen

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I was given the privilege of getting a “sneak peek” preview of the upcoming movie “Snowmen” as a Homeschool.com Product Tester.

The movie synopsis, offered by the Director/Writer – ROBERT KIRBYSON – explains a little more about this family-friendly film that will tug on your heart strings.

Snowmen Movie Synopsis

SNOWMEN is a humorous and heartfelt coming-of-age story about three unlikely heroes and the winter that changed their lives forever. After a surprising discovery in the snow catapults three small-town boys into the spotlight, the best friends hatch a plan to be remembered forever by setting a Guinness World Records® title. Along the way, the trio battles schoolyard bullies, unites their community and discovers that – while fame may be fleeting – true friendship lasts forever. The film stars Bobby Coleman (Last Song), Ray Liotta (Wild Hogs), Bobb’e J. Thompson (Role Models), Josh Flitter (Ace Ventura Jr) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).


Snowmen is a true story, but all the facts have been changed.

The finished film, which celebrates what matters most in life, began as the most depressing script ever. The first draft, written a decade ago, read like a tragic memoir of growing up on the Canadian prairies. Childhood highlights included my father’s battle with leukemia and the loss of our Jamaican neighbors’ son, Howard.

That grim story seemed like an injustice. I realized those childhood tragedies drew my family and community closer together, and I was inspired to ask profound questions about my purpose in life. I think many children and adults struggle with wanting to matter, and I wanted to make a movie for them that reflected the hope I found as a child.

I rewrote the script.

This time, I wanted to show the innate ability of children to find joy in all circumstances. I considered the people and events that most inspired me, then rearranged, combined, and tweaked those memories to guarantee a happy ending.  Events are presented as they seemed to me as a child: dangers exaggerated, victories sweeter, and adventures amplified.

And yet, despite all these radical changes…it feels exactly the way I remember.

The child actors in this film seemed so natural together. You could easily believe there was a personal bond that deepened as the film progressed. It was a joy to watch.

Not only did the film have humor, there was also the necessary tension. A sickly boy is picked on by the class bully. With this in mind, there is some violence in the film, but it is not the type that should keep children from seeing it. There is  only one scene toward the end of the movie that would cause me to hesitate allowing young children from watching where a child falls into the icy water of a frozen lake. This might be too intense for very small children. However, the film ends on a happy note that allows parents an open door to discuss the many important topics of the film.

My two boys watched the film with me and they said they would definitely recommend it to their friends. So, that’s what I’m doing, too.

If you’re looking for a film you can enjoy as a family, this is definitely fits the bill.  Here is a trailer to give you an idea of what the movie is about:

I really hope you’ll take your family to see “Snowmen.” It is rated PG. There is no sex, no alcohol or drug use, and no foul language – all of which is rare in today’s films. Take a look at the trailer. I think you’ll see enough to let you know this is a film that you can enjoy as a family but one that also gives you something to think about.

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