Main Plot Points:
- It’s summer 1981, and Ernest Terry – like most boys his age – is obsessing over George Lucas’s Star Wars saga. In the woods outside Ernest’s neighborhood, capture-the-flag contests escalate into sprawling Jedi battles, with bright yellow Wiffle ball bats substituting for lightsabers.
- But when a bully snaps Ernest’s already-damaged “weapon” in half, our hero and his friends accept a mission: Follow a nearby stream to the town mall, buy a new bat and return home before their parents realize they’re missing. Awkward preteen characters wrestle with small crushes, big imaginations and equivalent coming-of-age obstacles on lazy summer afternoon.
What We Thought:
- The Stream is a wholesome, family friendly, coming of age film. You can definitely sit down with your under ten-to-tweens and watch it.
- Don’t let the cast fool you though. Rainn Wilson narrates the film and makes a few appearances, but Mario Lopez is in it for about 30 seconds. Christopher Gorham and Kelly Rutherford are barely in it as well. The kids are the stars, not the names you know.
- I grew up in this time period. I like Star Wars so it was easy to connect to. It’s about discovering the opposite sex and crushes and friendship and bullies. It shows when kids were actually allowed to be kids without computers and cell phones!
- I was a little iffy about the Star Wars stuff though. This is based in 1981 before The Return of the Jedi was released. Some of the information in this might not be right for the year, but hey most people won’t notice or care.
- If you are in your 30s-40s and have kids under 13, The Stream makes a good film to watch and connect with. It won’t wow you or anything, but it’s not supposed to. It’s just a wholesome film.
- Meet the Teen Filmmakers
- Meet the Celebrities
- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Music Video
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Rainn Wilson
- Mario Lopez
- Chris Gorham
- Kelly Rutherford
Recommended if You Like:
- Ping Pong Summer
- Coming of Age Films