Jake’s Corner (DVD Review)7 Feb, 2010 By: Ranny Levy
Prebook 2/9/10; Street 3/2/10
Box Office $0.01 million
Rated ‘PG’ for thematic elements and language.
Stars Richard Tyson, Diane Ladd, Danny Trejo, Tony Longo, BJ Thomas.
It’s tough to raise a child in a town of unique individuals who have chosen to live separately from the rest of the world. But this is what Jake has to do when his nephew is orphaned after a car accident.
At Jake’s request, the townspeople welcome the boy, Spence, and keep the death of his parents a secret since he doesn’t remember the accident and thinks his parents are in a hospital. Jake comes to terms with the child in his life and the death of his beloved sister. The people in the town show Spence that there are a lot of good people in the world, even if they don’t look and act like everyone else.
Jake’s Corner takes on difficult issues and addresses them with sensitivity. Families will want to know that many scenes in the story take place in a bar the uncle owns. Parents might find this story good for opening a discussion about death and what would happen to their children if they died.
Children’s Jury: “This was a pretty good DVD because it had a good story and the characters played it out well. There weren’t really any boring parts. The characters treated each other well, getting along as best as they could, co-existing peacefully. The music had a nice country feel.”
Ranny Levy is president and founder of Kids First! (www.kidsfirst.org), a project of the nonprofit Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, which advocates responsible viewing choices for children.