Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Child King -- A Must-See Family Film!

The whole family LOVED this film.  It's not blockbuster quality, but it's very good quality for an independent film.

It features two brothers, a 15 year old boy, Jeremy, who has Down syndrome, and 6 year old, Jarrett, who no longer believes in Santa Claus.  The boys recently lost their mother and are dealing with it in their own way.  But when Jeremy learns of Jarrett's disbelief in Santa Claus, he goes on a mission to take his little brother to the North Pole to find Santa and prove he's real.  The driving scene in the trailer had me in stitches.  There are many sweet moments between the brothers and Jeremy is an awesome role model for Jarrett.

There are two subplots, featuring the story of The Child King which the boys' mother used to read to them.  It is acted out in between scenes throughout the film.  The other subplot is the dad trying to find his sons who seem to have run away and taken the SUV with them.

The adventure these two find themselves on, with very little money, and the people they encounter along the way, both good and slimy, make for an enjoyable adventure.

The best part is how they positively portrayed a teenager with Down syndrome.  Jeremy is smart, clever, strong, a caring big brother, responsible, and best of all, stands up for himiself when someone calls him "stupid."  I love that he doesn't just "take it" and walk away.  He remains strong and I love his character.

I believe the film is only available through the website, but it was so worth it.  I will share the film with my local friends, which makes the $20 spent worth it.

I hope you get a chance to see it... then let me know what you think!


  1. I can't wait to borrow it and show the kids. So excited!!!!
    I have Mr. Blue Sky here if you want to borrow that one :)

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Peter (who played Jeremy in the movie) at a friends Special Olympics fundraiser. He has the best sense of humor and had the whole crowd laughing and thoroughly entertained. Also, the banter between him and his Dad was could tell they're great friends. His Dad's company ordered thousands of copies of the movie and sent it with the holiday cards to their clients the year it was released. I could go on and on....and yes, we loved the movie, too.

  3. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the film!