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Josh and S.A.M.

Josh and S.A.M.
Starring:
Jacob Tierney, Noah Fleiss and Martha Plimpton


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: November 24, 1993 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Two brothers are shuttled back and forth from their mother's and father's homes. With separated parents they feel most at home with their mother because the father has a new family with two new brothers who constantly pick on Josh because he is not a jock. Their father is also guilty of pushing Josh into what he does not want to be. Sam is filled with anger at school and despite a high IQ, he fails. When their mother picks up a new boyfriend, the kids are sent to Dad for good. Josh plants the idea in Sam that he is a secret pentagon weapon programmed to go to war and the only way to escape the draft is to run away. Josh of course is ready to leave with him.

The film spends most of its time on the road with the kids outsmarting many adults with clever lines and quick thinking.

Somewhat like Into the West earlier this year, two boys leave for a better life when their parents, in this case the mother in particular, find them in the way. The father is able to help0 in the end and resolve the reason for his behavior. This is well made and well acted, but not much has been spent by the studio for promotion and much of what was spent was misleading and probably did not work. It does have a great deal to say about the American family.

It won't be around for long, so make an effort to see it quickly because it's worth seeing.

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