This film is based on a memoir by Willie Morris. Willie lives with his mother Ellen and his father Jack. Most of the families living in Yazoo City on the delta in Mississippi in 1942 have more children in the family. Willie is shy and he doesn’t have any friends plus he gets bullied a lot at school. Ellen talks to Jack about getting Willie a puppy. Jack thinks Willie is too young but Ellen goes ahead and gets a Jack Russell puppy. Jack says the puppy needs to go to another home but Ellen doesn’t relent and Willie names the puppy Skip. Everything starts to change for Willie and most of the people in the community know and love Skip. He starts to teach Willie about making friends, being brave and girls can be OK.
I thought I’d seen this before but I’m not sure? I enjoyed it anyway and it’s a good personal story and Skip is a very good actor!! Skip becomes a big part of this family and also the people in the town. He really gets around and is probably the only critter in Yazoo to get free bologna just by stopping by. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
95 min, Drama directed by Jay Russell with Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Bradley Coryell, Daylan Honeycutt, Cody Linley, Caitlin Wachs, Peter Crombie, Clint Howard.
Note: Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 73% critic 68% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 4.6* out of 5* with 548 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Mississippi and California. Skip’s real name is Moose and he is well known for playing Eddie in Frasier. He passed away of natural causes in June 2006.