Starring John Schneider, Dylan McLaughlin, and Bitty Schram, You've Got A Friend is set back in 1976. A young boy named Bobby is sent to live with his childless aunt and uncle in Eagle Rock after his parents are killed in a car accident. Life is very different for Bobby, but this strong willed little boy is determined to follow in his father's footsteps by following his dream: winning the American Soapbox Derby, even it's against his uncle's wishes. Bobby finds a friend in Jim Klecan, a Vietnam War Veteran who is known as the town recluse. Jim, a former Soapbox Derby winner himself back in the day, helps Bobby to get his soapbox car ready to enter the race, and along the way, finds himself again. Will Uncle Jeff have a fit when he finds out?
This movie originally aired on the Hallmark channel a few years ago. No, it's not jam packed with exciting explosions and near death scenes that some people tend to find exciting, but it's a sweet family friendly movie with a good message of self confidence and never letting your dreams get away from you - no matter how young or old you might be. If you're looking for a touching movie for family night, this one is definitely worth renting.
You've Got A Friend will be available on DVD this coming Tuesday, August 28th, 2012. Widescreen format, the total running time is 85 minutes long. It is not rated, and safe for all ages. The suggested retail price is $14.93, and Amazon has it available on pre-order for $12.99 as of this posting. (Netflix users: this title is not currently available, but check back to see if it is)
I received a copy of this DVD in order to watch it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.