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Snowmen Reviews

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November 25, 2017
Cute movie. Good story.
October 14, 2016
A pleasant surprise: a sometimes offbeat if ultimately reassuring kids' film that compares favorably to the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' adaptations.
February 14, 2015
Jovem garoto acredita que irá morrer por um cancer e resolve fazer algo inesquecível para ser lembrado após sua morte... após tentar entrar no guiness fazendo bonecos de neve o mesmo quase morre ao cair no gelo e depois percebe qual o verdadeiro sentido da vida.
½ November 20, 2013
Winter themed film for kids with bullying and terminal diseases as themes.
November 11, 2013
Sobbing my heart out xxxxx
December 30, 2012
Not at all what I expected. Not Ray's norm but a great story and it got a few tears out of me.
December 25, 2012
This movie was truly PROFOUND! A definite family must see!
½ October 20, 2012
This was a very cute family movie!
½ October 5, 2012
After suffering through the poorly acted, obviously scripted first two acts, the third act stuns you. The last 20 minutes of the movie are just as strong as the first two acts are weak, which is saying a lot. The young actors death scene performance was powerful and touching, and the remainder of the film after that moment was heartwarming.
March 13, 2012
Linda comedia infantil con un bello mensaje, los niños son extraordinarios...recomendable
February 26, 2012
When I was quite a bit younger, I was always impressed by family films and/or kid-pics that acknowledged harsh truths of life and/or dealt frankly with darker subject matters. Of course, in today's marketplace, what we consider 'kids films' are basically the same PG-13 rated blockbusters that everyone else sees and/or the mass-market PG-rated animated pictures that attempt to entertain adults and kids at the same time. Since there are fewer and fewer big-studio films made for adults, it stands to reason that there is less of a need for explicitly kid-friendly movies of this nature. Nonetheless, if you have young kids and want some middle ground between Cars 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Snowmen will likely fit the bill. It is a throwback of sorts to the kind of movie that seemed tailor-made to be screened in elementary schools during 'movie day'. It is a product of an age where kids still needed movies that were appropriate for them and didn't always have to talk down to them.

The plot, slight as it is, concerns the plight of young Billy Kirkfield (Bobby Coleman), a young boy who has been suffering from a reoccurring cancer for several years. After overhearing word from his doctor that his health is not improving, Billy sets out on a quest of sorts to give his life some meaning in the time he thinks he has left (he wants, to paraphrase Roger from Rent, 'one great song before he dies'). Spurred on the local media coverage when Billy and his friends discover a frozen corpse in their backyard, Billy sets out to set a record, any record, that will get him into the Guinness Book of World Records. Billy quickly settles on setting a new mark for the most amount of snowmen built at one time, and thus the proverbial clock is set.

While the film is less overtly morose than something like One Last Thing, the picture never shies away from the reality that Billy may not have much time left. His father, Reggie Kirkfield (a fine Ray Liotta) slowly realizes that he has been playing the role of the obsessively positive patriarch not for Billy's sake, but for his own, while Billy's friends are relatively casual about their friend's condition. Aside from the obvious undertones that exist, the film works as a relatively amusing, if occasionally generic coming-of-age story (confrontation with bullies, dealing with first crushes, etc). At its core, writer/director Robert Kirbyson's obvious labor of love comes off like a toned-down, somewhat more realistic variation on Mark Steven Johnson's often fantastical Simon Birch. To its credit, it does contain a glorified cameo from Christopher Lloyd in a wonderful scene which contains the actor's best theatrical role since, I dunno, Angels in the Outfield.

Snowmen is a simple pleasure, an unpretentious and generally charming kids' film that will remind you of the kind of stuff that your parents used to force you to watch instead of letting you watch Robocop or Silence of the Lambs. It is unapologetic about its subject matter and only occasionally goes for the easy emotional beat. It earns points for not pandering to its younger audience members, as well as kudos for not drowning in time-sensitive pop-culture references (as such, the film has a timeless quality that will serve it well). It has simple and small-scale goals and achieves all of them with a token amount of class. Come what may, Snowmen is a fun little movie for an audience that no longer has films made specifically for them.
January 10, 2012
Saw it in Dallas for the DIFF, can't wait to see it in Theaters!
½ January 6, 2012
Great and touching movie
½ December 26, 2011
This movie was very good. I recommend it for families to see and watch together a little sad but all in all a great movie
October 28, 2011
This movie is not appropriate for small children. It should not be PG. The "death theme" is prevalent throughout the movie. The main character, a ten year old boy named Billy, is portrayed as dying of cancer, which is too graphic for small children to process. The three boys discover the frozen dead body of an 87 year old man in the snow. Very gruesome. Also, the same character, Billy, is shown drowning at the end and dies (he is brought back to life after 53 minutes). However, visually, this is a terrifying scene for small children to witness. Whoever rated this movie obviously doesn't have children! Ridiculous!
½ October 21, 2011
Thinking that he's dying and wanting to be remembered, a boy sets out with his friends to break the Guiness World Record for most snowmen built in a day. Sometimes, the record you think you're going to break, isn't the one you actually break. A great movie about living life to the fullest and what's really important. Marvelous cameo by Christopher Lloyd. Ray Liotta as "Crazy" Reggie Kirkfield, puts in a good performance as the father who is so wrapped up in the mundane and getting all of the bills paid that he forgets what life is really all about.
½ October 21, 2011
The film takes on the life and spirit of it's heroes in Rob Kirbyson's delightful and soulful tale. While you may think you know what's coming and or feel like nothing new or interesting will be gained by the next scene or shot, the film continually charms you and reminds you to keep watching or else feel you've cheated yourself of keeping up with something "profound."
October 18, 2011
To correct what is said above, the character Jason (Josh Flitter) is the main bully in this film while the character he was referring to was Lucas (Christian Martyn.)
October 13, 2011
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