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This hokey growing-up story (2000) set in segregated Mississippi during World War II is based on a memoir by Willie Morris, who apparently never got over the death of his childhood pet. A bookish boy (Frankie Muniz) is picked on by several bullies: a fat kid, an unwashed kid, a wide-eyed kid, some nasty bootleggers, and even his own father, whose tough loving apparently stems from the loss of his leg. Mom, we're told in a voice-over that's both superfluous and unlikely to make things clearer to young viewers, isn't a typical housewife: against her husband's wishes she presents their son with a puppy. Jay Russell directed a screenplay by Gail Gilchriest; with Kevin Bacon. 95 min.

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